Brined and Buttered Pork Chops

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Brined and Buttered Pork Chops

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Recipe Data

4
Servings
4hr10min
Prep
4hr40min
Total

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    Description

    Lean pork, such as pork chops, are good for brining. The salt and sugar mixture draws in moisture making for a tender and juicy chop. 

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    Ingredients
    Serves 4
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    4 c.water
    ¼ c.Hy-Vee salt
    2 tbsp.Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
    4(12-oz. each) Midwest Pork bone-in loin chops, 1-inch-thick
    24fresh thyme sprigs, divided
    2lemons, sliced
    2Hy-Vee dried bay leaves
    1 tbsp.Hy-Vee whole peppercorns
    10 clove(s)garlic, sliced and divided
    4 tsp.Hy-Vee canola oil, divided
    2 tbsp.Hy-Vee salted butter, divided

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    • Medium bowl
    • Whisk
    • Paper towels
    • 13x9x2-inch baking pan
    • 10-or-12-inch cast iron pan
    • Spoon

    Directions

    1. Whisk together water, salt, and brown sugar until salt and sugar dissolve.

    2. Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Place in a single layer in a 13x9x2-inch dish. Pour brine mixture over chops. Add 12 thyme sprigs, lemon wedges, bay leaves, peppercorns, and 4 cloves garlic. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

    3. Remove chops from brine; pat dry. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a 10-or-12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add 2 pork chops; cook 14 to 16 minutes or until done (145 degrees), turning once halfway through. remove skillet from heat; add 1 tablespoon butter, 4 thyme sprigs, and 3 cloves garlic. When butter has melted, carefully spoon mixture over chops several times.

    4. Transfer chops and butter mixture from skillet to a serving platter; keep warm. Wipe skillet clean. Repeat with remaining chops. Garnish chops with remaining thyme sprigs, if desired.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Nutrition cannot be accurately calculated for brined foods.
      Hy-Vee Test Kitchen

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    Seasons October 2019