I’ve been slightly obsessed with pineapple this week. This meal was super easy, super tasty, and had pineapple in it! It was a big winner for me! This one came from Rachael Ray’s 365: No Repeats cookbook. While it was cooking, it smelled just like a dish from an Asian restaurant. It was a really thin sauce, and I wanted it to be a little bit thicker, so I added a tablespoon of cornstarch at the end while it was simmering. I liked it like that, but you could certainly do it either way. Or, just 2 teaspoons or so would probably be fine. Give this one a try! It is healthy, too which is always an added bonus!
Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Pork
3 tablespoons EVOO
4 inch and a half thick boneless center cut pork chops
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, chopped **
1 8 ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
1/2 cup chicken stock or broth
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
**Please, oh please don’t forget to wash your hands after seeding the jalapeno. I really thought I washed them, but I apparently hadn’t and touched my face. I could have sworn someone was holding a match up to my face. It burnt so badly for the longest time!
Preheat oven to 375. Heat a large skillet over medium high to high heat with 2 tablespoons of the EVOO. Season the chops with salt and pepper. Place the chops in the skillet and sear for about 2 minutes on each side to caramelize. Transfer the chops to a rimmed cookie sheet and place in the oven to finish off, 8-10 minutes (mine needed closer to 15), until the meat is firm to the touch, but not too tough. Remove from the oven and let the chops rest, covered with a piece of aluminum foil, for a few minutes.
While the chops are in the oven, return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of EVOO. Add the onions, garlic, bell peppers, jalapenos, salt, and pepper and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the veggies start to wilt. Add the chunked pineapple and its juice and the chicken stock. Continue to cook the sauce for 3 to 4 minutes (this is where I added the cornstarch). Add the parsley and stir to combine (didn’t realize I forgot this part until just now!), then pour the sweet and spicy pineapple sauce over the pork chops.
We served this over a bed of rice with some broccoli on the side.