My husband was eyeing my overabundance of zucchini in the CSA box. I weighed the zucchini from last week and it was 5 lbs. I think we probably got that much this week, too!! Ay! We are swimming in zucchini, which is A.O.K with us because we love it!! I made the Fettucine with Zucchini and Goat Cheese and my Mom’s Zucchini Bread. Tonight, the better half got to be in charge of the zucchini and he chose fried zucchini. We battered it in flour, egg, and then panko and deep fried it. Our house smells like the Waffle House, but it was worth it! It was GOOD.
But I digress. We needed something simple to go with the fried goodness, so I pulled this recipe for pork chops out. I had the bone-in kind which are not quite as speedy as the boneless loin chops, but a few extra minutes wasn’t going to kill me. I used Penzey’s Medium Hot Chili Powder and the Hungary Half-Sharp Paprika, so they had a little bit of a kick, but the sweet barbecue sauce matched that spice and made for an excellent main course. We served these with Goat Cheese and Chive Mashed Potatoes and those yummy, fat free, calorie free, cholesterol free fried zucchini (hey, a girl can dream, right?!)! Delish! If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, these pork chops should go in your rotation!
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop)
Source: Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon half-sharp paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder (I used Penzey’s Medium Hot Chili Powder)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 bone-in pork chops
2 Tbsp olive oil (if using grill pan)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
Prepare grill or grill pan.
Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub pork with spice mixture; let stand 10 minutes.
Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray or if using a grill pan on the stovetop, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium high heat and then add the pork chops. Grill 4 minutes. Turn pork; grill 4 minutes. Brush each chop with 1 tablespoon sauce, and grill 2 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.