Cumin & Fennel Crusted Pork Chop with Chipotle Peach Salsa
Difficulty level: Moderate
|Cumin & Fennel Crusted Pork Chop with Chipotle Peach Salsa|
Quick – get out there and make this before the peaches disappear. I have made it twice in the last few weeks because I loved the sweet-spicy tang of the salsa with the juicy smoky grilled pork chop. I was tempted to list this as difficulty: easy but the 24-brine and managing the BBQ likely added just a wee bit of complexity. But, trust me, it is easy peasy. If there is any left, these thick cut pork chops taste just as good cold. The peach salsa is also great the next day, and day after – with fish, chicken or chips. So give it try – I mean NOW – while the peaches are still spectacular.
Pork is the “other white meat” as well as relatively inexpensive, tender and flavorful. It is quite a bit leaner than similar cuts of beef. The most common cuts of pork have 16% less total fat and 27% less saturated fat than 20 years ago. Today’s leaner pork can be enjoyed medium rare. The USDA recently announced that pork could be safely cooked to 145 degree F followed by a three-minute rest time, resulting in juicy and tender pork.