Thursday, September 1, 2011

Creamy Chipotle Pork Chops

This meal is a total winner.  The sauce is creamy yet spicy, and the chunky salsa and shredded smoky paprika cheddar go excellently on top of the thicker pork chops.  

The Meat
- 2-3 thick cut pork chops, with around 1/4 inch thick fat
- bacon grease for frying
- salt, chipotle pepper, cilantro, celery salt to taste

The Veggies
- 3 small zucchini, sliced
- 1/3 head cauliflower, chopped
- 1/2 cup water

- 8-10 stalks asparagus
- salt, pepper to taste

- 3 medium slicing and heirloom tomatoes, chopped into large chunks
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/3 red onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- salt, pepper, chipotle powder, cilantro to taste
- 1/3 cup shredded smoked paprika cheese

The Sauce 
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
chipotle habanero sauce to taste
- 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
- chipotle powder, cilantro, crushed red pepper to taste

Slice and chop your zucchini and cauliflower and put them in a saute pan with the water.  Cook on medium heat for around 15 minutes until the zucchini is soft.  Lower the heat and put the sauce ingredients into the pan.  Mix it together well and let it simmer for around 10 more minutes.

You can cook the asparagus and chops together on the same griddle pan.  Grease it well with bacon grease before hand, spice your meat, and lay out your food so it all has even cooking surface to cook on.  Flip the pork chops every 3-4 minutes until the centers are cooked through, approximately 12 minutes.  The asparagus will take less time, only around 7-8 minutes to finish.  Make sure to turn those at least twice as well to prevent charring.

Chop up all the tomato, pepper, and onion, and mix them with the lemon and lime juices.  Season liberally and add the chipotle habanero sauce to make it a little spicy.  Feel free to add jalapenos or habanero peppers to it if you'd like it to be even spicier.  Shred some smoked paprika cheese on top.

I put the veggies and sauce on the bottom of the dish and lay the pork chops on top, making to spoon a little bit extra sauce on top of them.  Then I smothered the whole plate with the salsa.  Dive into the spicy, smoky, creamy flavors that explode in your mouth throughout this tasty dish!

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