Friday, March 5, 2010
Asian-style Pork Chops
A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for Italian-style pork chops, using Italian salad dressing as the marinade. This week I'm doing the pork chops Asian style, using a ponzu style sauce as the marinade.
Ponzu sauces are made with a soy sauce base. You can add a number of herbs, spices, seasonings and other liquids (such as lemon or lime juice, olive oil or rice wine vinegar). Ponzu sauces work well as both a flavoring and tenderizer for meats. It is also a great serving dip for steamed or fresh vegetables, dumplings/potstickers, eggrolls and fish cakes. For this version, I'm using soy sauce, brown sugar, ground ginger and allspice. I'll also be topping the pork with fresh sliced pineapple, so the pineapple juice will add additional flavor while baking. I actually prefer canned crushed pineapple and its juices, but we only had fresh pineapple on hand. I'm using two boneless london broil pork fillets (any cut of pork chop will work), which I'll slice up and serve over a bed of rice. The pork will be incredibly tasty and tender, but you can also serve additional sauce to drizzle over the pork and rice. You do not want to serve the sauce that the pork was marinating in, it will be full of nasty bacteria from the raw meat. Instead, reserve a portion of the sauce before adding the meat and warm up on the stove top before serving.
ASIAN-STYLE PORK CHOPS
2 boneless london broil pork fillets (or your choice of cut)
1/3 cup of soy sauce*
1 tbsp of brown sugar
1/2 tspn of grated ginger
1/4 tspn allspice
sliced pineapples or 1 small can crushed pineapple with its juice
Poke pork fillets with a fork to allow marinade to soak through. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and allspice in a bowl, mix well. Place fillets in a zip lock bag, pour in marinade. Shake up and place in refrigerator for at least two hours, up to 12 hours. Remove fillets from baggie, discard marinade. Place fillets in a baking dish, top with sliced or crushed pineapples. Bake uncovered at 350º for approximately 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven, let fillets sit, slightly covered with aluminum foil for about 5 minutes. Slice and serve over rice, topped with pineapple. For extra sauce, reserve a portion of the marinade prior to adding to meat, heat and serve when pork is done. Again, do not serve the marinade that the pork was sitting in, it will contain bacteria from the raw meat.
* Note - soy sauce is high in sodium. You can use low sodium soy sauce if you are watching your sodium intake.