Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spice-Crusted Pork Chops with Buttermilk Carrot Slaw

D and I decided to have this recipe.  However we were a little shocked by the price of thick-cut pork chops, so we only bought 2. D had to work, so I prepped the chops. I told him I didn't cut down the spice for 2 chops but used up all the paste.  He said that is typical for a Weber recipe.

For the slaw, since neither of us are huge carrot fans, we used bagged coleslaw, and mixed with the rest of the ingredients.

The results were flavorful and good.  We will definitely have again.

Spice-Crusted Pork Chops with Buttermilk Carrot Slaw

Photo by ALB

Adapted the recipe by Jamie Purviance
With my modifications, there were 4 servings of slaw, and 2 servings of chops.

2¼ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon chipotle or ancho chile powder (used Chipotle)
½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano leaves, crumbled (used regular oregano)
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
6 center-cut pork rib chops, each about 8 ounces and 1 inch thick, trimmed of excess fat (used 2)
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup sour cream
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon whole-grain or stone-ground mustard
⅓ cup vegetable oil (did not use)
5 large carrots, about 1¼ pounds total, peeled and grated using the large holes of a box grater (used bagged coleslaw)
1 shallot, about 1 ounce, very thinly sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, Italian parsley, or cilantro leaves, or a combination (used cilantro)
Kosher salt

1 In a small bowl mix the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, chile powder, oregano, cayenne, and garlic powder. Set aside 1 teaspoon of the spices for the slaw. Add the oil and vinegar to the bowl and stir to combine.

2 Spread the paste on both sides of each pork chop. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 6 hours. Allow the chops to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.

3 Meanwhile, make the slaw. In a large bowl combine the buttermilk, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, and the reserved 1 teaspoon spices. Slowly whisk in the vegetable oil until emulsified. Add the carrots, shallot, and fresh herbs. Toss well and season with salt. (You can make the slaw up to 4 hours ahead; cover tightly and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature and toss before serving.)

4 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

5 Grill the pork chops over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until still slightly pink in the center, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm with the slaw.

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