Friday, February 25, 2011

Recipe Friday: Pork Chops with White Wine and Honey

"The pig is an encyclopedic animal, a meal on legs." Grimod de la Reyniere

Warm weather is just around the corner, so it's almost time to fire up the grill! One of my grilling favorites is pork. Not only is it tasty and affordable, but if moderately consumed, it's good for you!

According to Organic Facts, pork has a high mineral content of Phosphorus, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc, Potassium and Copper. The two minerals which are present in good quantities are Iron and Magnesium.

Pork is also highly enriched with Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin and Pantothenic Acid.

Calorific value of pork is 458.0 per 100 gm. This is high when compared to other animal products like chicken, but keep in mind moderate consumption.

Consumption of pork in moderate quantities is helpful in gaining energy. It's good for the skin, eyes, nervous system, bones and mental performance. Intake of pork also ensures better immunity to body due to presence of essential antioxidants.

I usually fix pork chops once a week, and this is one one of my favorite recipes from The Complete Barbecue Cookbook. The book, a British publication, refers to this dish as Pork Loin Chops With Apple Chutney. I've never made the chutney, so I'm excluding it. However, it's wonderful served with hot cinnamon apple sauce. Enjoy!

Pork Chops with White Wine and Honey

6 loin chops
2/3 cup white wine
2 T oil
2 T honey
1 1/2 t cumin
2 cloves garlic crushed
salt and pepper to taste

Trim chops of excess fat. Combine wine, oil, honey,  cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Put chops in a shallow non-metallic dish. Pour marinade over chops. Store covered with plastic in the fridge from 3-24 hours, turning occasionally.

Cook chops on hot, lightly oiled BBQ grill or flatplate for eight minutes on each side or until tender.

Are you ready for spring? And BTW, what's your favorite thing to grill? Tweet me @: maria_mckenzie. Have a wonderful weekend!


Melissa said...

Hmmm, this recipe SOUNDS good but I've never been one for pork chops. My grandparents would like it though!

Jules said...

That sounds wonderful but I do love pork. As to a favorite for grilling, isn't anything grilled good?!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Scarlett and James said...

Oh my.... hungry now!

Lydia K said...

The only thing we can grill well is kebabs. They come out great!

I can't wait for grilling weather. It's snowing again here. :(

Talli Roland said...

Oh, yum yum YUM! I'm a massice fan of hamburgers. I also love grilled salmon. Now I'm starving!

Tanya Reimer said...

Yikes, if my husband catches me reading this, he's gonna want a decent meal. Yum.

William Kendall said...

Cooking with wine... always makes the food better, doesn't it?

Lynn Andrade said...

I am definitely going to have to try this recipe!

Maria McKenzie said...

@Melissa: This recipe might convert you into liking them;).

@Jules: I agree! Anything grilled tastes better!

@Scarlett and James: Hope you get a chance to try it!

@Lydia: I love kebabs!

@Talli: Yummy! I love burgers and grilled salmon, too:).

@Tanya: Hi, Tanya! Thanks for the follow. Make hubby grill!

@William: Absolutely!

@Lynn: Hi, Lynn! Thanks for following me:). Hope you enjoy the recipe! I made it last night--my kids even like it!


The Happy Whisk said...

I never grilled meat before but I'm looking forward to it. Just did chops the other day, inside. Great post. Have a yummy day.