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Pork Chops with Spicy Cherry Sauce (Gastrique)

The other day I was watching one of those stupid cooking competition shows that seem to be on ALL THE FUCKING, stupid food tv station.  This word came up twice “gastrique”, at the time I didn’t really know what it meant but they were making fruit sauces with vinegar.  It must have been gotten into my brain, well that with this new found love for fruit based BBQ sauces.

So, I got these beautiful chops at the local butcher shop and I was not sure what I was going to do with them.  Earlier that day I found some bing cherries that I forgot I got a few days past and the wheels started turning.  Add a trip to the farmers market, new knowledge of what gastrique means and now I had everything I need to make this awesomeness that was my meal last night!

Ok, what I did isn’t a true gastrique but the term seems to have gotten loose depending on where you look, basically it is cooked sugar deglazed with vinegar with fruit of some sort and some added heat/hot sauce.  It is kind of up for interpretation though…

Pork goodness, a little sweet, a little tart and a bit of heat to make perfection!

  • 4 pork chops
  • 24 bing cherries, halved, stemmed, and pitted
  • 1-2 dried Thai chilies or ¼ – ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup of red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Season your pork chops with salt and pepper and grill or pan fry them as you normally would.

In a small sauce pan add a little olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the cherries and Thai chilies, stir often, as they soften mash them lightly with a wooden spoon.  Cook for 5ish minutes.  Add vinegar and cardamom, cook for 2 more minutes the reduce heat to medium low/low and let simmer for 5 more minutes.  Top cooked chops with sauce!

I served with a simple green salad and a potato dumplings that I finished off in the grease of the frying pan that I cooked the chops in.

Notes:  I am betting this would go well with turkey and chicken as well, if you try let me know how it was!

heaven on a plate

heaven on a plate

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