2 thick center-cut pork chops
1 Tbsp (7 ml) of any vegetable oil
1 Tbsp (15 ml) of butter
½ cup (125 ml) of orange juice
2 Tbsp (30 ml) of marmalade
2 Tbsp (5 ml) or so of soy sauce
A knob of unpeeled ginger, grated
2 green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp (15 ml) or so of rice vinegar
A sprinkle or two of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).
2. Preheat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Splash in some oil and toss some butter in the center of the oil. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. When the butter starts to brown, lay in the pork chops. Sear until lightly and evenly browned and delicious looking then flip to cook the other side on low. Reduce your heat to its lowest possible setting, place a lid on the saucepan and allow the chops to finish cooking in your improvised oven. This will take about 5 minutes or so. Rest the chops on a plate covered loosely with foil. Toss it in the warm oven. Close the door, turn off the heat and make the sauce.
3. Turn the pan heat to high. Pour in the orange juice and spoon in the marmalade. Stir the sauce as it boils and scours the pan of all the browned flavour bits, the concentrated pan juices. The sauce thickens as it reduces. This makes for less sauce but bigger flavor. When the sauce thickens to a smooth consistency, finish by stirring in the soy sauce, ginger, green onions and vinegar. Serve up the warm chops with the sauce, share and enjoy!
4. Freestyle Twist: These simple chops can be dressed up by simply twisting the sauce in a variety of ways. Try white wine and mustard, red wine and raspberry jelly or for some zing, apple juice and horseradish.