Baked Buttermilk-Brined Pork Chops
Adapted from Bruce Aidells’s Complete Book of Pork, courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers. “The mild sweetness of a honey wheat ale is a nice balance to the tang of the buttermilk brine and also pairs well with apple chutney, my favorite fall condiment to serve with these chops,” explains Aidells.
4 bone-in pork chops, (each 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick and 8 to 12 ounces)
3 cups buttermilk
2/3 cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour, for coating
3 tablespoons olive oil
- To brine pork chops, pour buttermilk into a plastic storage container or stainless-steel bowl and stir in salt until completely dissolved. Add lemon zest, rosemary and sage. Add pork chops, making sure they are completely immersed in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Remove chops from brine and rinse off buttermilk. Pat dry, season generously with the black pepper and dredge each chop in the flour, shaking to remove excess. Set chops aside.
- In a nonstick ovenproof skillet large enough to hold all of the chops, heat oil over medium-high heat. Put chops in the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until nicely browned. Turn and cook 3 minutes more.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake chops for about 15 minutes or until they are firm to the touch and register 145°F (approximately 60°C) on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of a chop. Remove chops to platter and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with chutney.
Makes 4 servings.
Note: Though Bruce enjoys his pork chops at 145°F (approximately 60°C), National Pork Board recommends a final internal temperature of 160°F (70°C).
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 453 calories; Protein: 38 grams; Fat: 29 grams; Sodium: 572 milligrams; Cholesterol: 108 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 9 grams; Carbohydrates: 7 grams; Fiber: 0 grams.
Recipe provided courtesy of National Pork Board.