I’m always looking for ways to use the fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden, especially the ones that come in so fast there is just no way to eat them all. Raspberries are like this. They ripen quickly over the course of two to three weeks and then they are gone – unless you have some of the fall ripening ones. The ones I grow are the wild variety that grew on their own, so I have to make the most of them while they last. One thing I love to make is raspberry vinegar – but it never lasts long after its made and canned. The original recipe for raspberry pork chops that I came across years ago simply cooks them in raspberry vinegar. I have altered the recipe, putting my own spin on it – although I do omit the fresh raspberries when they are not in season. Here is my recipe:
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
4 ounces white or herbal vinegar (I used an herbal vinegar I canned last year that had rosemary and pineapple sage in it)
1/4 cup butter (real butter – I use homemade)
Applewood Smoked Salt
Herbes de Provence
Rinse the fresh raspberries under cold running water. Gently pat them dry, then place them in a glass dish or measuring cup. Mash the raspberries so there are various sized pieces of them. Pour the herbal vinegar on top. Stir well. Cover the container with plastic wrap and sit in the refrigerator. Allow this mixture to combine for at least two hours. Overnight is ok.
Rinse the pork chops under cold water, then coat both sides of the pork chop with flour. Melt the butter in the frying pan on medium high heat. Lay the pork chop in the frying pan and season the side that is facing up with the applewood smoked salt, herbes de Provence, pepper and garlic powder. The amount of spices you use depends on the size of the pork chops and how heavily seasoned you want them. Start light and build up from there. You can’t take seasonings away, but you can always add them.
Set a timer for 45 minutes.
Brown the pork chops, making sure to season the other side when you turn them over.
Once both sides are brown, pour the raspberry vinegar mixture over the top of the pork chops.
Turn the heat down to medium and cook one the one side for half of the time remaining on the timer.
Turn the pork chops over at this point and allow them to cook until the timer goes off.
Remove the pork chops from the skillet and spread the raspberry mixture in the bottom of the pan on top of the pork chops. Serve.
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