Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Easy Pork Chops and Asparagus

I got home from work late tonight after a pretty stressful day and didn't feel like making anything fancy, but was really not in the mood for a fourth night of leftovers from this weekend's 50th birthday bash. My husband went to the store this morning and picked up some pork and asparagus. To keep it simple, I did the following, and we were eating in a half hour.

Easy Pork and Asparagus
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4 boneless pork chops (about 1/4 inch thick)
1 bunch of asparagus
olive oil
dash of salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
dash of lemon juice
McCormick Grill Mates for Pork spice rub

Preheat oven to 350. Add about a tablespoon of oil to a pan and heat until smoking. While the oil is heating prep the pork chops by rubbing both sides with a generous amount of grill mates spice rub.

Break the asparagus stalks into pieces about 1-2 inches long and put into a medium sized mixing bowl. Pour one tablespoon of oil over the asparagus and add all spices above except spice rub. Mix with a spoon and squirt with a dash of lemon juice.

When the oil in the pan is smoking, add the pork chops and cook for 2 minutes on the first side. Flip the pork chops and cook for one minute. Transfer the pork chops to an oven safe pan and pour the juices from the frying pan over them.

Spread the asparagus on a non-stick cookie sheet. Put both the cookie sheet and the pork chop pan in the oven. Let bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired level of doneness. (I let mine cook for almost 20 and one of the chops that was a little thinner was just a tad overcooked - still enjoyable though!)

Remove from oven and enjoy!

Servings: 4

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  1. Pork chop is my weakness. I always cook them too long, so it's always tough. And my son will make fun of me. Yours on the other hand, look so moist and delicious. Love that you serve this with asparagus. Delicious!

  2. A perfectly cooked porkchop...I'd pick that over a steak any day of the week. Looks delicious! And the asparagus - I'm swimming in them right now I have so many.