Thursday, January 26, 2012

Smoky Pork Chops

I recently found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine.  I don't cook pork that often so I gave this a try. It was easy and something I could do in my grill pan.  I got mixed review from the girls but Chris and I really enjoyed the flavors.  This was my first time using smoky paprika!  Also, I couldn't find cumin seeds so I substituted ground cumin.  Cooking Light says toasting the cumin seeds before grinding them adds to the smoky flavor.

Smoky Pork Chops  - adapted from Cooking Light

1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
4 (4oz) boneless center-cut pork chops
cooking spray

Cook cumin seeds in small skillet over medium heat 1 minutes, stirring often.  Place in a clean coffee grinder and process until ground.  ( I used ground cumin as I couldn't find cumin seeds)  Combine with sugar, paprika, salt and pepper - rub evenly over pork.  Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add pork and cook 5 minutes on each side.  yields - 4 servings

*I served with steamed broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes

calories 224; fat 11.5; protein 24/8; carbs 4.3; fiber .3; chol 70 mg; iron 19 mg; sodium 201 mg; calc 47 mg

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