Coriander Encrusted Thick-Cut Pork Chop

There might be a lot of steps to this dish, but we think they’re all worth it. This is definitely a recipe where you can improvise and make it your own – take out some of the steps, add some, change it up!

 

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1/2 pound pork chop* (from center loin)                      $1.00

1 apple                                                                                           $0.49

2 small yellow onions                                                             $0.60

2 strips of bacon                                                                       $0.35

1 teaspoon ground coriander                                             $0.10

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin                                               $0.03

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard                                           $0.03

1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt                                              $free (ish)

1/2 teaspoon pepper                                                              $free (ish)

1 tablespoon olive oil                                                             $0.10

                 Total cost for two:                                                  $2.80

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the two strips of bacon in a glass pan and bake them in the oven for 6-8 minutes to render the fat once the oven has reached 400. Take the glass pan out of the oven and set the oven to 300 degrees.

Trim the excess fat off of the pork chop and cut it in half, making two steaks that look about the size of a petit filet mignon. In a small bowl, combine the coriander, cumin, mustard, salt, and pepper and toss together until well mixed. Rub the spices into the top side of each chop, flip them over, and do the same to the other side. Try to get each side evenly coated with the spice mixture.

Put the olive oil in a cast iron skillet and put the heat on the stove to medium. While this is heating up, chop the onions and the apple into bite-sized pieces (or however you think they look best.) Once small smoke wisps come from the oil, add the chops. They should produce a good sizzle when you put them on. Sear the chops for approximately 90 seconds on each side.

Remove the chops from the cast iron skillet and put each of them overtop and centered on each strip of bacon (in the glass pan you used for the bacon). Wrap the bacon around the pork chop, and then, using tongs, flip the chop over so that the loose ends of the bacon are on the bottom. Surround the chops with the apple and onion pieces. Even though the bacon fat is still in the bottom of the pan, it couldn’t hurt to drizzle a little olive oil over the apples and onions. Grind a little salt and pepper over the top of all of it.

 Bake the chops in the 300 degree oven until the internal temperature reaches approximately 135 degrees. The pork will continue to cook even after you take it out of the oven, so let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving. ENJOY!

*The pork is so cheap because it came from Sam’s Club. We got a whole big center loin for about $13 and got a ton of meat out of it. We cut all of our chops at an inch and a half thickness.

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