There is nothing better than a perfectly cooked pork chop, especially if it is spiced and prepared the right way. Personally, when I go out to eat, especially a place that’s known to serve great steaks, I always look to see if they have a pork chop entree on the menu. It’s even better if the pork chop is “bone-in.” I think that bone-in pork chops have more flavor than boneless chops. Again, that is just my preference, but you can make these chops either way—bone-in or boneless.
The secret to these great chops is the spice mixture I put together as well as the pan I use to cook them in. Every household should have at least one cast iron pan to cook in. Yes, they weigh a ton, but any food you decide to cook in them always turns out perfect. Try this recipe the next time you plan on having pork chops, you’ll be glad you did.
And what doesn’t go better with pork chops than applesauce, but in this case . . . “ABBA SAUCE” Yes, for your listening enjoyment, I have included a top ten hit by one of the hottest groups from the 1970’s . . .ABBA! The song I have chosen is appropriate for today’s recipe and is rightly called . .
“Take A Chance On Me!”
In a small bowl combine;(add as much or as little as you like depending on what you like and how many chops you’re cooking)
Coarse Sea salt, Smoked Paprika, Ground Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder and Cumin . . . mix together well.
Cast iron or Oven safe Pan
Set oven to 375 degees
Brush each side of pork chop with olive oil. Using your hand (clean of course) rub some of the spice mixture into each side of the pork chop until nicely covered.
Add about 2 TBSP olive oil to cast iron (or other) pan,
On medium high heat, let oil heat up until it gets just a little bit smokey or oil bubbles ever so slightly.
Place pork chops in pan and cook for 2 minutes (It will be smokey so don’t panic)
Turn chops over and cook for another 2 minutes. While chops are cooking on this side, place a pad of butter on each chop and sprinkle a little brown sugar on top of each one too.
Turn heat off and using oven mitts or pot holders, place the cast iron pan directly in the 375 degree oven. bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, periodically checking them. Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the chops.
Remove from oven when done and let sit for 5 minutes to allow the juices to stop running. (make sure you use pot holders because the handle will be very, very, hot)