Spice Road Spices
Artisan Spice Merchants
A journey of 3000 years to bring gourmet, time saving pure spice blends to you the Home Chef
Braised Pork Chops with Balsamic Onion
Pork Chops – approx 2cm thick
Best quality Olive oil
Spice Road Spices,Roast Sesame (Za’atar ) Spice Blend or Spices noted below
3 x Medium red onions, sliced about 3mm. Do not dice.
3 x Tablespoons, Balsamic Vinegar
20g x Butter
1 x Teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 x Teaspoon, 424 Dead Sea mineral salt or similar
1/4 x Teaspoon Black pepper.
Olive Oil - best quality
Pork Chops. Lightly cover the Pork with Olive Oil and liberally coat both sides with the Spice Road Spices Sesame Za'atar Spice Blend or your choice of Spices. Place in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. Remember to let the Pork come back to room temperature before pan cooking.
Lightly score the outside skin to prevent curling then cook over a medium heat for around 4 minutes each side. Before serving, allow to “sit” for a few minutes for the juices to settle.
If you wish to make the Spice Blend yourself, an alternative is ground, dried Thyme, roasted Sesame Seeds, lightly ground and Salt and Pepper.
Balsamic Onions. Fry the onions down with the Olive Oil and Butter. Stir for 10 minutes until soft and liquid has evaporated and onions are a golden brown. Then add the Balsamic Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Salt and Pepper and gently stir occasionally for another 10 minutes to caramelise and the mixture becomes syrupy. Important that this be on a low heat so the onions do not burn.
It is best to use a wide pan and have the onions basically in a single layer to prevent sweating or stewing..And always good to use a good quality Olive Oil as this will effect the final flavour of the dish.
Wonderfully simple and can be terrific as a stand alone dish. The caramelised Balsamic Onions may be stored in a refrigerator for several weeks. Perfect to have ready for a dinner party or at the end of a busy day.