A Tale of Cast Iron (Recipe: Skillet Roasted Pork Chops)
I love cooking with cast iron. I love pork chops. I love cooking pork chops in cast iron. And when the pork chops cooked in cast iron turn out in a spectacular, moist, tender fashion, a fairy tale is born. Let me tell you ’bout the fairy tale I just birthed. I should also tell you that same fairy tale got eaten shortly after it got birthed.
Pork chops can either be delectable or garbage can worthy. There’s no in-between. Some cuts are so lean they wind up being dry as a bone when cooked. Brining helps and I do that for all my pork roasts. For smaller pieces, like the aforementioned fairy tale pork chops, season well in advance of cooking and let salt work its magic to start breaking down tissue and getting the molecules to behave properly and play nice with juices.
The list of ingredients for this mind-altering experience is impressive. And short. There’s two. One. Two.
The method by which I prepared the chops today is gumdrops, candy canes, rainbows and Leprechauns. It’s the best of the best. Rogers and Hammerstein should write a song about the pork chops that came out of my kitchen. Cast iron skillet met pork chops and the result made us sing….with our mouths full. The chops were flavorful, tender and moist. Easy as pie preparation is an added bonus, too. Don’t let the big, Fred Flintstone type knife shown in the picture scare you. The chops are tender enough to eat with a fork.
I must run now and get the Unicorn out of the kitchen….. again.
Y’all come see us!
Skillet Roasted Pork Chops
yield: 3 to 4 servings
Choose bone-in chops cut from the rib section. Season with seasoned salt at least one hour prior to cooking. Longer is even better. Bring the chops to room temperature prior to cooking.
3 to 4 (1 inch thick) bone-in pork chops
seasoned salt (I prefer Morton’s Season-all seasoned salt and list it as one of my Favorites.)
Season both sides of chops with seasoned salt at least one hour prior to cooking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat well-seasoned iron skillet. When screaming hot, place in chops in a single layer. Sear for about three minutes on one side or until the chops take on a gorgeous brown color. Turn the chops when brown, cover the skillet and place in preheated oven. Roast for one hour. Remove from oven, leave covered and let sit for 10 minutes.
Eat them all and then write to me and tell me about the fairy tale you created.