Sweet sugary oranges and tangerines, bittersweet grapefruit, tangy lemons, zingy limes: These juicy fragrant fruits are at their best at this time of year, just when you need their bright flavors the most. They add so much to simple salads, roasted meats and dreamy desserts.
For those reasons and more I love to incorporate citrus fruits into my cooking. In today’s recipe I will be using oranges to enhance the umami flavor of pork chops. The orange is used in two forms, the juice supplies liquid and some sweetness for the sauce, while orange marmalade provides pectin to give the glaze a syrupy body and balances out the sweetness of the orange juice with a touch of bitterness that is very pleasant. This is a new recipe that I was trying out, and found that it was quite simple to make and we both loved it. I know I will be making this again soon while all this bright citrus is so plentiful.
ORANGE-MUSTARD GLAZED PORK CHOPS
Yield: Makes 4 servings
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges)
- 2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
- 1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
- 1 Tbsp. canola oil
- 4 bone-in pork loin chops (1-inch thick)
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1. Preheat oven to 425*F.
2. Combine orange juice, marmalade, and mustard in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until syrupy.
3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Add to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Turn pork over; add rosemary and onion to pan. Pour juice mixture over pork; bake at 425*F for 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 140*. Place rosemary and onion on a platter. Return skillet to medium-high heat; cook about 4 minutes till liquid is syrupy. Add pork to platter, drizzle with sauce.
The colors of this dish were so attractive that I served it directly from the skillet it was cooked in.
SOURCE: COOKING LIGHT