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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wedding Brandy Pork Chops

Pork Chops with Mushrooms and OnionsWhat is the most interesting wedding you have ever been to? I went to a wedding recently and it was very interesting. I was actually going as a girlfriend's date. There were a few hours in between the ceremony and reception, so everyone gathered at a guest's house to watch the Kentucky Derby and have some mint juleps. About 30 minutes before the wedding, I learned my 'date' would not be joining me. Well...I went to the wedding anyway and had an absolute blast. The best part was that I won a scavenger hunt and the prize was a bottle of XO Brandy. I don't drink brandy, so I searched for a recipe that included it in a savory way. For the record, I found in the hunt an iphone, a shoe with a bow, photo of the married couple and a gas receipt for less than $15.
Wedding Brandy Pork Chops

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 pound assorted mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
½ large onion, thinly sliced into rounds
2 1-inch-thick pork rib chops
¼ cup brandy
½ teaspoon rosemary, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; sauté until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon broth. Cover skillet; cook until mushrooms are beginning to brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Uncover; simmer until any juices evaporate. Transfer to bowl. Add 1 teaspoon oil and onion to same skillet. Cover; cook until onion browns, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes; add to mushrooms.

Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Add to skillet; sauté over medium-high heat until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove pork, set aside. Add remaining broth, then brandy, rosemary and thyme to skillet. Place over medium-high heat. Boil until reduced by half, scraping up browned bits, about 6 minutes. Return pork to the pan and cover.

Bake pork until tender, about 25 minutes. Spoon mushrooms and onion over. Cover; bake 5 minutes longer.

Adapted from Bon Appetit
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