Try a complicated recipe made easy.
Afraid of the other white meat?
Just get a meat thermometer and enjoy this chic pomegranates dish!
Kurobuta Spiced Pork Chops
3 teaspoons fresh cracked pepper
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2 teaspoons course salt
1 teaspoon fresh sage
5 tablespoons olive oil
Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Wet chops with 1 tablespoon oil, rub with
dry ingredients. Put in fridge until you are finished making the RELISH (next step)
Pomegranate Braised Bacon, Pomegranate, and Pine Nut Relish
2 tablespoons ground yellow curry
1 half pound bacon slab (or use the sliced, cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (or boil down 3 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice and add 1/2 cup sugar for a juice reduction. (Oh, and Splenda didn’t work on the first try)
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
Toast the pine nuts – no oil, just a hot pan for approx 4 minutes. Set aside. I forgot to do this the first time and you can taste the difference.
(This next step might scare you. When I did it the first time I was like, “Am I boiling bacon?” I cringed at first and then when I prepared it in front of three guests the following week, it was a conversation stopper – SERIOUSLY. But in the end it all made delicious sense.)
Bring medium saucepan of water to boil. Add BACON for approx 30 seconds. Drain. Combined bacon and broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until almost all of the liquid is absorbed, approx 30 mins.
Add pomegranate molasses or “juice reduction,” then toasted pine nuts, pomegranates seeds, and curry. Bring to simmer. Cook approx 3 minutes.
OK, almost done, but this does go by real quick. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in ovenproof skillet (I used a cast iron skillet). Add chops until brown, approx 3 minutes a side. Put in oven. Cook until thermometer reads 145, about 10 minutes.
When ready, let chops sit for 10 minutes. Trust me, the meat will be juicy if you just let it sit. Transfer to a plate, add relish, some horseradish garlic mashed potatoes, green salad with pomegranate seeds, and your favorite 2-buck chuck!
– Thairin Smothers