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21:40  16 may  2019
21:40  16 may  2019 Source:   food52.com

How to perfectly sear pork chops without drying them out

How to perfectly sear pork chops without drying them out That beautiful amber hue on a seared pork chop is pretty easy to accomplish if you have some time and a reasonable amount of patience. Simply put, all you have to do is slow down. As I’ve said before, the Machismo Method (rippin’ hot pan, bro!) will put a nice, deep sear on your steak or pork chop, but will dry out the meat. Starting with a hard sear doesn’t allow the chop to cook evenly. Here’s how I get that nice color on the pork chop while retaining a juicy interior: For thicker pork chops, reverse-sear If you have a thick chop, you can reverse-sear it for better results.

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If there’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked pork chop, then there’s nothing worse than an overcooked one. Since this cut of meat is relatively lean, the line between just-right and dried-out is a matter of minutes. Which is why, on this week’s Dear Test Kitchen, our test kitchen director Josh Cohen called in Isaac Toups to give us a crash course on Pork Chops 101. Isaac is the chef behind Toups Meatery and Toups South, both in New Orleans, as well as the author of Chasing the Gator. (If you’re like me, you also rooted for him on Top Chef, Season 14!) In this episode, Isaac and Josh talk about loin versus rib chops, brining versus marinating, Frenching versus not Frenching, eating with your hands versus not eating with your hands, and more.

A butcher's method for making crispy “Shake 'N Bake” pork chops

A butcher's method for making crispy “Shake 'N Bake” pork chops In my time behind the butcher counter, I’ve taught a lot of people how to cook pork chops. Thick, thin, skin-on, skin-off, every iteration of pork chop you can imagine. When I sat down to write my advice for cooking pork chops, though, a rather humbling story came to mind ... But before we get started: If you want to cook a thick chop—I’m talking 1.5-2 inches or more plus—with the full fat cap and the skin on, the best thing to do is to season or brine it, then put in a low oven until the chops reach an internal temp of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. (Invest in a digital thermometer! They’re cheap.

Josh's Go-To Recipe

How to Cook Pork Chops Like You Know What You're Doing© Provided by Food52 Marinated Thin-Cut Pork Chops Marinated Thin-Cut Pork Chops

Want Josh’s recipe from the episode? Okay, you got it! Thin-cut pork chops are perfect for a quick dinner. (Get bone-in for bonus points.) After they marinate in olive oil, lime juice, fresh garlic, and lots of spices (smoked paprika! ground cumin! chile powder!), they take about 5 minutes to cook. The only question is: What’ll you serve them with?

Goes Great With Pork

How to Cook Pork Chops Like You Know What You're Doing© Provided by Food52 Cracklin’ Cornbread Cracklin’ Cornbread
Award-winning chef Sean Brock’s cornbread is famous for a reason. Just make sure you eat it right out of the skillet and don’t skimp on the butter for smearing on top.
How to Cook Pork Chops Like You Know What You're Doing© Provided by Food52 Garlicky Roasted Potato Salad Garlicky Roasted Potato Salad
Most potato salads start with boiled potatoes, but not this one. We love how the browned edges add more flavor.
How to Cook Pork Chops Like You Know What You're Doing© Provided by Food52 Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta Salata Caesar-Style Kale Salad with Roasted Onions and Ricotta S...
Not your average Caesar, but probably your new favorite Caesar—thanks to ruffly kale, roasted onions, and creamy-crumbly ricotta salata.
How to Cook Pork Chops Like You Know What You're Doing© Provided by Food52 Tomato, Nectarine & Mozzarella Salad Tomato, Nectarine & Mozzarella Salad
Savory pork loves sweet fruit. Case in point: this juicy tomato and mozzarella salad starring sweet nectarines. If nectarines aren’t your thing, feel free to swap in any stone fruit, like peaches or plums.

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What’s your favorite way to cook pork chops? Tell us your go-to method (and tips and tricks!) in the comments below.

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