Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Margarita Pork Chops~

Before I share this super yummy recipe, I wanted to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you who sent prayers our way regarding our oldest daughter.  We are so grateful to have so many praying for her.  I have no updates to share at this time, testing begins Monday.  We continue to pray for answers, and hopefully the tests will reveal what is truly going on.

A week or so ago, my hubby prepared this super yummy dish for me and I knew I just had to share it with y'all.  The recipe can be found here (if you don't already own this cookbook, I highly recommend it...super easy, yummy recipes):

This is by far my husband's favorite go to cookbook.  We are fortunate to have a Trader Joe's close by, but if you don' worries...the ingredients can be found at most grocery stores.

He served the pork chops with Trader Joe's Chimichurri Rice (found in their frozen section)...the perfect compliment.

Margarita Pork Chops


1 teaspoon ground cumin

4 Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Bone-In Frenched Center-Cut Pork Chops

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cubes frozen crushed garlic

¼ cup chicken broth

½ cup tequila

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

4 tablespoons butter

½ jalapeno, minced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the cumin with 2 teaspoons of salt and about ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Season the pork chops well on both sides with this mixture. (You may have some seasoning mix left over.) In a large sauté pan, heat the oil and brown the chops well, 4 to 5 minutes per side, over medium-high heat. Remove chops to a warmed platter. In the same sauté pan, sauté the garlic until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the chicken brother, tequila, and lime juice. Remove pan from heat, add liquid, and return to heat. (Have a lid ready to cover the pan in case the alcohol ignites-by combining the liquids, the alcohol has been diluted, but it may flare up). Bring the liquid mixture to a boil and reduce to about ¼ cup. Add the butter and any juices that have accumulated on the platter. Swirl the pan until the butter is incorporated. Season to taste with the minced jalapeno, salt, and pepper. Pour sauce over the chops.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

So very yummy!  Of course, sipping on Margaritas while preparing doesn't hurt!

Is it just me or did the month of February fly by?  We have been traveling a lot this month (this weekend marks our 3rd out of town trip in 3 weeks).  I am ready to plant my feet back home and dig in!

Again, I apologize for the lack of posts recently.  Between doctors appointments with our girls and all this travel, I haven't gotten much accomplished and therefore have no new projects to share. Here's hoping I can get back to some normalcy next week.

A happier note...our youngest has decided where to attend college next fall!  We made the college trip this past weekend, and she fell in LOVE!  We are so excited for her, and relieved.  She can now concentrate on finishing out her Senior year and enjoying all that it entails (prom is right around the corner for us).

Hope everyone is having a good week!  It is going to be in the 70s here tomorrow. CRAZY!


Sarah said...

Congratulations on the college decision-that is a huge weight off everyone's shoulders-I know that! And I hope and pray everything goes alright next week.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

I love anything with cumin. Definitely going to try this one!

Anne said...

A lovely recipe! Hope everything goes well regarding tests! Delighted your daughter is happy with her college choice! I have that ahead with my son:)

Shannon said...

I love when my husband makes dinner. This looks great! Very exciting about college. I hope it all works out with your older daughter.

Maillardville Manor said...

Looks AWESOME!!!
and I'm now so excited to see prom pictures!!! :)
Lots of Love