I do love a good pork chop! I also love them bone in, to me the bone just adds flavor, I know its person to person, a lot of people only want the thin chops, that’s fine too, but for this dish I feel the thick French cut chops are the best!
Also the perfect marriage to me is a good chop with fried apples, this dish takes me back home! My mom often made fried apples for breakfast or dinner, we had several apple trees, so when it was apple season, we had apples!
Also in the spring my thoughts go to peas and their perfect pairing is carrots. In this dish I tried to make the perfect family if you will, all things eating well together. This is a homey dish but can be dressed up for a more fancy meal, I think the French cut chop and the puree just makes it feel more fancy!
You could also do a mashed potato if pea puree is not your thing. I will put my favorite mashed potato recipe up ASAP! Enjoy this dish, Pork, peas and pairing
OK, first I love a pork chop done right!! Moist good, DRY bad! If you brine your chops they will almost always be good! Also invest in good quality meat here, I am a true believer in good quality ingredients just makes for better food in the end!
Brined French Cut Pork Chops
- 4, French cut pork chops ( don’t skimp on quality here get a good chop! )
- Brine, 3 cups ice cold water
- 2/3 cup kosher salt
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 garlic cloves smashed
- 1 tablespoon pink pepper corns
- Put chops in Brine for at least 4 hours, no more than 6
- 4 crisp apples, choices, granny smith, yellow delicious, or honey crisp, cut in slices
- ½ stick good butter, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small bag frozen organic peas
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon Italian parsley
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Preheat oven 375 degrees
- 1 bunch of carrots cut to small slices or 1 small bag baby carrots
- Juice of 1 small orange plus zest
- 2 tablespoons good butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Couple chopped chives for garnish