Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Best Pork Chops EVER!

Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Feta

Ok, I'm going to post this recipe "as written" and then put my changes at the bottom. I didn't go crazy changing anything, I just modified it a little to our tastes.

You're going to need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 pork loin chops, 1 inch thick
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 1/2 pint red grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pint yellow grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until golden brown. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in the skillet. Season pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and place in the skillet. Cook to desired doneness. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Heat remaining oil in the skillet. Return onions to skillet, and stir in tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Cook and stir about 3 minutes, until tomatoes are tender. Mix in balsamic vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Top chops with the onion and tomato mixture, and sprinkle with feta cheese to serve.

Here are my changes:
* I got the onions started cooking and then just cooked the chops with the onions on a lower heat so that the onions didn't go crispy or out-right burn. I then set the chops aside as directed and started working on the topping.
* I didn't bother with the measuring of the pints of tomatoes. I bought the standard size packages of red grape/yellow grape tomatoes (10.5 oz. each) and just used them ALL. It was a little more than called for but we love tomatoes.
* I didn't use a tablespoon of basil. I used 2 teaspoons.
* I didn't use a 2.5 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, I used 1 tablespoon, which actually might be right around the "right" amount. I don't know measurements. I always have to google to find out how much of what goes into what. :P

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