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Pan Seared Pork Chops


Posted: March 25

Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

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Pan Seared Pork Chops are a date-night classic. The lean meat is made rich with a sauce of butter, garlic, and thyme. The basting technique used is a staple at high-end restaurants, so you can bring that professional taste home for your special someone. Pair Pan Seared Pork Chops with sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes for a truly beautiful candlelit dinner. Let your evening sparkle with joy!


Ingredients

1 (2 inches thick) pork chop, bone-in and double-cut
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, for drizzling
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, gently crushed and peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

Step 1

Take the pork chops out of the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes prior to cooking to allow them to reach room temperature.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 3

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on all sides.

Step 4

Heat an oven-safe cast-iron skillet on the stovetop over high heat.

Step 5

Drizzle the skillet with the grapeseed oil.

Step 6

Once the skillet is heated, sear the pork chops on both sides. Allow it to cook on each side until a nice char forms, for about 2 minutes per side.

Step 7

Place the oven-safe skillet in the oven to further cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on your preferred level of doneness. The recommended internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees F.

Step 8

Remove the skillet from the oven and place it back on the stovetop.

Step 9

Add the butter, garlic, and thyme.

Step 10

Once the butter has melted, shift the pan back and forth with one hand while basting the pork with the other for 1-2 minutes, being careful that the butter does not burn!

Step 11

Allow the pork to rest for up to 10 minutes before serving.


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