As I am getting busier and busier, I realize that I don’t really have time to try and make fancy or complicated dishes like I used to before. I started to make random dishes from random ingredients out of my fridge, and some of them taste really good but only take minutes to make or prepare. To keep up with my blogging habit and allow myself to have regular posting schedule, I will be posting all of them here (of course the good ones!!!). This is a series of quick recipes what I have been creating and making daily since forever. I am still able to make up a good dinner in a short period of time with very simple ingredients by making one or more simple dishes and put them together. If I can do it, I believe you can too! Now let’s start…
GRILL PORK CHOP
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: One (in this recipe at least :3 )
– 2 pieces of pork chop
– 2 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 stalk of rosemary, finely chopped
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp chili (dried or freshly minced)
– 2 tbsp cooking oil
– Leave the pork chop at room temperature if frozen. Pat dry
– Combine the other ingredients and mix well to create a fine paste
– Coat the pork chops well with the marinade for about 20 – 30 mins
– Grill the pork chops on a grilling pan for 10 minutes or until cooked (If you insert your knife through the meat and see no blood coming out, it means the meat is cook).
– Don’t worry if you don’t have a grilling pan, you can just use any pan you have. Since the pork is marinated in oil, there should be very little problem with the meat sticking on the pan.
– For the cooking oil, I used cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. This is different from the normal extra virgin olive oil since it is more runny and very light in color, and especially has a high smoking point of 190C. Always make sure you use high quality oil to marinate the meat or to cook food, such as avocado oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil. Oil will tenderize the meat and also gives it the moist texture, which means it will be soaked into the meat and you don’t want to eat a lot of bad oil.
– Don’t worry about rosemary if you don’t have it on hand. Just replace it with any dried herbs you have (which you should always stock up for a quick meal), such as
1. Dries herbs: thyme, coriander, parsley, sage, lemon thyme
2. Spice powder: curry, marsala, five spice, sumac, cumin, fennel, mustard, coriander
3. For more fusion flavors: minced lemongrass, minced ginger, minced galangal, minced turmeric, miso (in place of salt), soy sauce (in place of salt), citrus juice (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit…)