Herb Pork Chops with Caramelized Shallots

I had to adapt this Cooking Light recipe a little bit to suit what I had on hand.  The pork turned out tender, juicy, and so flavorful.  I really loved the herb flavor on the pork and the caramelized shallots added right before serving.  The original recipe said to mix shallots and butter together then add some to the cooked pork by my shallots were much too strong so I caramelized them instead.  The pork was a big hit with everyone and we gobbled it right up.

Combine the olive oil, chopped chives, thyme, and parsley together with the minced garlic.  Mix well.  Season each side of the pork shop with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Next, rub each side of the pork chops evenly with the herb mixture.  Set aside for 15 minutes for the meat to come to room temperature.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat then coat with cooking spray.  Once the pan is HOT, add the pork chops then cook for 6-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through and has reached the internal temperature of at least 145-150 degrees.  Remove the pork from the pan and let it rest for at least 5 minutes.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the butter, lemon zest, and shallots.  Cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes or until caramelized.  Serve a bit of shallots on each pork chop before serving.  Enjoy.

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Herb Pork Chops with Caramelized Shallots

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh chives, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 bone in pork chops
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp butter
1 small shallot, minced
1/4 tsp grated lemon zest

Directions:

Combine the olive oil, chopped chives, thyme, and parsley together with the minced garlic. Mix well. Season each side of the pork shop with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Next, rub each side of the pork chops evenly with the herb mixture. Set aside for 15 minutes for the meat to come to room temperature.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat then coat with cooking spray. Once the pan is HOT, add the pork chops then cook for 6-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through and has reached the internal temperature of at least 145-150 degrees. Remove the pork from the pan and let it rest for at least 5 minutes.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, lemon zest, and shallots. Cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes or until caramelized. Serve a bit of shallots on each pork chop before serving. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light