Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice

I successfully made pork chops for the first time, and they were fantastic!  It's originally from Pioneer Woman, but my sweet friend and old roomie Erica shared it with me.  (Thanks, girl.)  The sweet pineapple chunks and fried rice accompanied the pork chops perfectly, and the recipe makes this wonderful sauce that gets drizzled on top of everything. 

You should definitely try these!  I was concerned about making these because I knew nothing about cooking pork chops, but just follow the recipe, and they'll be darn good.  The recipe below makes 3 servings, which is perfect for two people plus the next day's lunch.

Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice

1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup white or brown rice, cooked
3 pork chops
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 Tsbp canola oil
1/2 large onion, sliced
4 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar; the original recipe called for rice wine vinegar)
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp hot sauce
Salt, to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
2 roasted red bell peppers (from the jar), diced

Cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

Grill or saute pineapple chunks until they have good marks/color on the outside, and set aside.  
Heat butter and oil over medium high heat, then add the pork chops to the pan. Saute on both sides until they have nice color.  Add the sliced onions and work them into the crevices between the pork. Move the onions around, and let them cook for a few minutes.
When the onions are starting to soften, add 3 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, honey, and hot sauce. Stir and let it cook and bubble up for a few minutes until the pork chops are completely cooked and the sauce is thicker. Remove the pork chops to a bowl, then let the sauce bubble up and cook for another 30 to 45 seconds. Pour it over the pork chops. Set aside.

Add a small amount of oil to the same pan (without cleaning it) and return it to the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir it around, then crack in the eggs and immediately stir them to scramble them a bit. Add the diced bell pepper and additional soy sauce. Add cooked rice and stir it around to cook for a couple of minutes, until warmed through.

To serve, pile rice on a plate, then top with a pork chops and onions from the sauce. Drizzle sauce over the top.

1 comment:

  1. YUMMY YUM! So glad you liked it!! Love you, Roomie!