Herb-Basted Pork Chops

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Hot pan drippings and melted butter tease the essential oils out of rosemary, thyme, and sage, creating rich juices for basting pork chops during the final minutes of cooking. Thai chiles add heat to the dish; to dial back the spiciness, cut a slit in the chiles instead of halving them. Serve over mashed or roasted potatoes to help sop up the flavorful juices.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
4

Ingredients

  • 2 (14- to 16-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork loin chops (about 1 1/4 inches thick)

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 (4-inch) rosemary sprigs

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 2 sage sprigs

  • 3 medium-size fresh Thai chiles, cut in half lengthwise or a small slit cut lengthwise along their sides

  • 3 medium garlic cloves, gently smashed

Directions

  1. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add pork chops; cook, flipping occasionally, until well browned and a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat near the bone registers 120°F, 10 to 14 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to medium, and push pork chops to one side of skillet. Add butter, rosemary, thyme, sage, Thai chiles, and garlic to other side of skillet; cook, basting pork with butter and drippings, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of meat near the bone registers 130°F, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer pork chops to a carving board, and spoon butter-herb mixture over top. Let rest 5 minutes. Carve meat off the bone; slice against the grain. Serve with board juices.

    Herb Basted Pork Chops
    Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely
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