#FoodieExtravaganza - Maple Brined Pork Chops
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This week we are celebrating National Maple Syrup Day with all things Maple for #Foodie Extravaganza.
Today I decided to try my hand at a brined pork chop recipe that caught my eye when I was searching for maple recipes! This recipe is just delicious and delightfully moist and tender. I've never used brining before and to say I'm hooked is an understatement. I love the subtle hint of sweetness from the maple - and the pork is just bursting with flavor. These melt like butter in your mouth and would pair wonderfully with some creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus or broccoli for a complete and delicious meal!
Come see all the lovely Maple dishes we're sharing today:
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- Oatmeal Maple Bread Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Maple Brined Pork Chops Making Miracles
- Maple Yogurt Sneha's Recipe
- Maple Coconut Cookies A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mapled Pink Banana Pumpkin Pie Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Canadian Maple Beaver Tails Pandemonium Noshery
Maple Brined Pork Chops adapted from Food
2 ¼ cup water
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
3 TBS salt
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 TBS minced garlic
3 ice cubes
3 cup Brine (see recipe)
4 bone-in pork chops
salt and pepper, to season
3 TBS butter
1 ½ TBS maple syrup
- Prepare the brine by combining all ingredients, except ice cubes, in a medium pot and bringing to a low boil; simmer three minutes then remove from heat. Add ice cubes and refrigerate brine until ready to use.
- Place pork chops in a tupperware or ziploc bag and add the brine - refrigerate in brine at least 4 hours up to overnight.
- When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 400 degrees. If you have a large oven safe pan (cast iron, etc.) use that. I used a large nonstick pan, and moved the chops to a baking sheet to finish baking.
- Pour off all liquid brine, and pat chops dry. Season with salt and pepper on both sides (use the salt lightly - I found the brine infused a fair amount of saltiness into my pork).
- Heat oil in your pan over medium to medium-high heat; work in batches if necessary and brown pork chops on both sides (3-5 minutes per side). Reduce heat to low and add in the butter and maple syrup, basting the chops to evenly coat.
- Place pan in the oven (or move chops to a baking sheet if needed) and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, basting once or twice while cooking; or until they reach medium doneness.
- Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.