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    tenderizing pork chops

    lynnoberstadt
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:09 pm
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    How do I get pork chops tender and not dried out?
    DrGaellon
    Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:32 pm
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    Cook's Illustrated recommends the unusual step of placing bone-in chops (1/2 - 3/4" thick and about 7 ounces each) into a COLD pan, pressing the meat hard onto the metal. (Oil, salt and pepper on both sides, then 1/8 tsp sugar on one side of each chop to help them brown.) Place them over medium heat until lightly browned, 4-9 minutes. (If you don't hear a gentle sizzle after 2 minutes, turn the heat up to medium-high.) Flip, press down, cover and reduce to low (if you needed to turn the heat up, turn down only to medium-low). Cook 3-6 minutes, until the interior temp is 140F. The second side will barely brown. Transfer to a warm plate, tent with foil and rest 5 minutes.
    Zeldaz
    Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:04 am
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    The important thing is to avoid overcooking them. People cook pork chops way too long. Trichinosis is no longer an issue, except in wild animals.
    SarasotaCook
    Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:11 am
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    Thick chops can be brined; which many people swear by. I have brined before and you do end up with a very tender chop; but I don't think that is always necessary.

    Overcooking as mentioned is the #1 cause.

    I prefer to pan sear my chops. Salt, pepper and a little garlic is all I use.

    I do like to season a good 45 minutes before and then let the chops rest so they are NOT cold before cooking.

    Thick chops I pan sear and then finish in the oven.

    But again, DO NOT overcook. You can also pan sear and then simmer in a broth or gravy until fork tender which is very good.

    And thick chops stuffed with your favorite 'stuffing' mix is excellent oven baked.

    I use some of my leftover turkey stuffing. Stuff the chop, season with salt and pepper, a little garlic and brush with olive oil. Bake at 350 for about 45-60 minutes, depending on how thick.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:28 pm
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    The marinade in this recipe works very well.

    Brady Bunch Pork Chops
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