Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

I came across this recipe by Paula Deen
a few weeks ago and thought it sounded
interesting. I have made a lot of
different things with chocolate
but chocolate and pork?
My love for chocolate made me think
we should give it a try.

Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar,
Italian seasoning, onion powder, cocoa powder,
garlic powder, paprika, red pepper, cumin, salt,
and black pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over pork chops.

Add the oil to a large cast iron skillet
over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops
and cook for 3 minutes per side.
Put the skillet in oven and bake the
pork chops until cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven,
transfer the chops to a serving platter and serve.

I thought this dry rub was very good. It is
packed full of flavor so be careful not to
put too much on your chops.

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