Recipe Details

Peppered Pork Chops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 New York (top loin) pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
2 teaspoons black pepper, coarsely ground
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Cooking Directions

Coat chops with pepper and thyme. Heat oil in large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add chops and brown 3-4 minutes per side until internal temperature on a thermometer reads  145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time. Remove chops from pan, keep warm. Add Worcestershire sauce to pan, stirring constantly to remove any pan juices and brown bits on bottom of skillet. Pour accumulated juices over chops and serve.

Serves 4.

Serving Suggestions

This is so simple and satisfying, you’ll make this dish often. Serve with Herb-Braised Carrots, baked potatoes, Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad and crusty dinner rolls.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 160 calories
Protein: 20 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 70 milligrams
Cholesterol: 50 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 1 grams

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Sauteing

COOKING BASICS:
1)Heat a small amount of oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium-high heat.
2)Place pork in skillet; do not cover.
3)Cook pork uncovered, turning occasionally. For stir-frying, cook over high heat, stirring constantly.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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Butcher's Tips

It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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