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Friday, 7 April 2017

Pork chops with apple, lime and mint butter : LCHF


Did you know ... "Pork is the culinary name for meat from the domestic pig. It is the most commonly consumed meat worldwide, with evidence of pig husbandry dating back to 5000 BC. Pork is eaten both freshly cooked and preserved. Curing extends the shelf life of the pork products. Ham, smoked pork, gammon, bacon and sausage are examples of preserved pork. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, many from pork." ... you can read more about Pork here

I do like to include Pork in my weekly menu plans, and there are so many ways to cook and enjoy it. Take this recipe suggestion, if you are organised, it takes just ten minutes to prepare and fifteen minutes to cook. How about that! A meal ready in twenty five minutes. The ingredients used fit well with the LCHF lifestyle too!

If you'd like to give this a try, here are the ingredients you will need for four people:
60g (2 1⁄4oz) butter
1 large red chilli, de-seeded
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 lime, juiced and zested
12 large mint leaves, plus extra small ones to garnish
1 apple, peeled and cored (Granny Smiths works well)
4 pork chops
30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

Method:
1. Put the butter, chilli, garlic, lime zest and mint into a food processor, and blitz to combine. Chop the apple into quarters and coarsely grate onto a plate, then drizzle over the lime juice.

2. Using scissors, snip into the fat around the edge of each pork chop (this helps it to crisp) and season. Warm a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil and a third of the mint butter. Once melted, add the pork, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 6 minutes on each side, or until brown and no pink meat remains.

3. Remove the pork to a board and cover with foil to rest. Wipe the pan with some kitchen paper, then return it to the heat. When hot, add the remaining mint butter, the apple and any juice. Stir-fry for 1 minute, stirring well until the apple is coated in the mint butter but not losing its colour.

4. Place the pork onto warmed plates, then spoon over the apple and buttery cooking juices. Scatter a few mint leaves over, to garnish.

Taken from an original Tesco's real-food idea here

Each serving:
Carbohydrate 3.2g Protein 24.2g Fibre 0.6g Fat 64g


Serve with vegetables of your choice ... we like green beans

A variety of recipe ideas are in this blog, and not all may be suitable for you, if you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues please take these into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

Bon Appetit

All the best Jan

14 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this sounds like a great recipe. We had pork chops last night, I enjoy applesauce with pork. Thanks for sharing! Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

Jo said...

This looks lovely. Mick wasn't keen on pork at one time but I got him enjoying it and it's a regular on our menu now. It's a very reasonably priced meat too.

only slightly confused said...

Pork chops are a family favourite. Tonight it's pork ribs in bbq sauce...yum.

Latane Barton said...

That looks delicious. I am gonna put that recipe in my file to try some time soon. I always seem to have tough pork when i cook it and therefore don't cook it often.What am I doing wrong?

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds very delicious! Hugs, Valerie

Christine said...

Yummy, the new steak.

Jan said...

My mouth is watering...Must try this and soon!!!

Hugs!!!

Linda said...

I am salivating here, Jan! LOL! This looks absolutely scrumptious! :)

Lisa said...

Quick meals like this are a must for during the week.
When you hit on one everyone likes it feels like you've won the jackpot!
Have a great weekend.
Lisa x

Laura R said...

This looks yummy, creative and tasty. Wow and I'm sure you feel better after this meal. So glad I found you Bella what an informative blog.
https://bellalights.blogspot.com


Lowcarb team member said...

Latane asks "I always seem to have tough pork when i cook it and therefore don't cook it often.What am I doing wrong?"

Hello Latane ... when cooking pork,there are five quite common mistakes which are best avoided.
These are:
1. Not knowing the kind of chop you're cooking.
A pork chop isn't just a pork chop. There are actually a few different cuts, and depending on which cut you buy, the meat may be tender, lean, and quick-cooking; or it may be tough, requiring braising and a longer cook time.

2. Not seasoning the meat before cooking.
On their own, pork chops are a lean, bland cut of meat. Seasoning with salt before cooking is an essential step in bringing out the meat's natural flavors. Season generously, and remember that even a very short brine (30 minutes!) will improve the taste and texture of the meat.

3. Cooking pork chops straight from the refrigerator.
Taking pork chops from the fridge and immediately placing them in a hot pan or into a hot oven is generally considered no-no. It puts you on the fast track for unevenly cooked meat. This approach all too often yields a chop that's overcooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside.

4. Under or overcooking your pork chops.
There is nothing good about under or overcooked pork. Undercooked pork, like all meat, carries the risk of food-borne illness, which I think we can all agree does not sound like a good time. And, if you've ever encountered a dried-out, tough, chewy pork chop, that's a tell-tale sign of overcooked meat.
Pork should be cooked until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the meat reaches 145 degrees. As the chops continue to cook past this point they become increasingly tough, chewy, leathery, and all around unappetizing.

5. Not resting the meat.
It's tempting to want to dive straight into a pork chop fresh out of the pan, but it's best to wait. Giving the chops a few minutes to rest so the fibers of the meat relax. This means a more tender bite and a juicier piece of meat.

These words, with more details taken from here
http://www.thekitchn.com/5-mistakes-to-avoid-when-cooking-pork-chops-cooking-mistakes-218345

I do hope the above may help.

All the best Jan

Kim said...

Jan, your recipes always make my mouth water! :)

Debbie said...

ooooh this is marvelous, my kinda' meal!!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Sounds so good! I cook my pork chops with a dash of cayenne pepper, it's really good!