Smoky Pork Chops á la Cooking Light
I had an overly productive day for New Years Day. I shopped, conquered the elliptical and cleaned (a lot)! I had imagined that I would use New Years to get some much needed R & R, but instead I woke up on a mission.
I was flipping through the issue the other night and flagged the recipe. I decided to make good on my ambitions and make some chops. Shane loves pork chops and I am a fan of a nice center cut.
Cooking Light once again had a winner! These were delicious!
I cooked our pork chops in the skillet versus pan grilling them. I had to make a few substitutions since I climbed up to my cooking ingredients cupboard only to discover rock hard brown sugar (*tears).
These guys all came to the rescue.
I used honey instead of brown sugar. I bet the brown sugar would have been amazing, but the honey actually turned the smokey topping into a glaze. That was fine by me!
I also did not have paprika so I substituted Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning. I had to use ground cumin versus grinding my own cumin seed. I opted for 3/4 tbsp of ground cumin versus 1 tbsp.
I mixed the honey with the dry ingredients and made a nice glaze.
I used a basting brush to coat the top half of each center cut with the glaze.
Then I cooked the little chops until they were nice and hot!
We served them up alongside some Olive Oil & Garlic Couscous and Garlic Broccoli.
That hit the spot!
Nothing like wrapping up the day with a nice, home cooked meal.
I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years Day! Hopefully someone got in a good nap for me.