When I packed up most of my belongings into a POD, I had all kinds of food and drinks for those who came to help: cookies, pizza, ranch pretzels, candy, juice, pop (yes pop), and liquor. Drinking liquor while moving heavy boxes and furniture is a fantastic idea, isn’t it? Okay maybe not large quantities of it but I did have several more than half-empty bottles of liquor that I was in no mood to put in a box and move, so I told my my friends to drink up or at least take it with them when they left.
There were however a couple select bottles that I did keep and brought them with me. Such as a new bottle of Patron silver, several bottles of wine, and the remnants of Disaronno. Now, my parents do not drink alcohol except on the rare occasion but that didn’t stop me from getting excited by the idea of making pork chops with an amaretto glaze.
It’s been a long time since I’ve cooked pork chops, but these were the most tender and juicy pork chops I have ever had. I’m not sure if it was pounding the crap out of them with a meat mallet that did it or the cooking method, but either way they were fantastic. And in case you didn’t think it could possibly get any better, they were also smothered in a amaretto-maple glaze. Winner winner
chicken pork chop dinner.
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AMARETTO-MAPLE GLAZED PORK CHOPS
Makes 4 pork chops
1/4 cup amaretto
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp ground mustard
4 boneless center cut pork chops
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan, combine amaretto, sugar, maple syrup, worcestershire, vinegar and mustard. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring every now and then. Remove from heat and let sit to thicken.
- Pound pork chops with a meat tenderizer, then season on both sides with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat a cast iron (or oven-safe) skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with canola oil and once hot, add pork chops. Sear on one side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Turn off heat, add chicken stock to skillet, then place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Once finished, pour glaze over top and serve immediately.
Source: Adapted slightly from How Sweet It Is.