Wednesday, October 19, 2005
'Fascinating' pork chops
Honeyed Pork Chops
Farm Journal’s Country Cookbook Copyright 1959,1972
6 pork chops ¾” thick
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tblsp. ketchup
½ c. water
3 tblsp. honey
1 small onion, finely chopped
¼ tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tblsp. toasted sesame seeds
Brown chops in small amount of fat; place in 13x9x2” baking pan. (Don’t salt chops; soy sauce does the job.)
Combine remaining ingredients except sesame seeds. Pour over chops, sprinkle on sesame seeds.
Cover baking pan and bake in slow oven (325 degrees) for about 1 hour, or until chops are tender.
I thickened the sauce with a cornstarch slurry before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
The Farm Journal's Country Cookbook says that this is an 'adaptation of a fascinating old Chinese recipe'. I don't find this recipe particularly 'fascinating' but it was surprisingly good. Not too exotic so great for family dining. I didn't try it on my 21-month old but I think he may have liked it. I used bone-in pork chops and I may never buy the Costco boneless pork loin again. This pork had a much better flavor. Heck, it had flavor.
So far this cookbook is showing itself to be a hidden gem in my collection. I don't think I'll ever recall where I purchased it which is bothering me because I haven't picked up used cookbooks very often.