I am rotating days of cooking new meals and eating leftovers at the moment. It was a cooking day yesterday. There is absolutely no need for concern; I guarantee we will NOT starve, in fact just the opposite. We ALWAYS have plenty of food and wine, and most of the time we have more than enough to share as well. So if anyone wants to join us, stop on by. I made some delicious spiced pork chops with a maple-chipotle sauce on top. It was a tasty combination of smoky, spicy and sweet. I served it with some pasta primavera, warmed bread with an olive oil dipping sauce, and a rich and smooth malbec that really brought everything together well.
Spiced Pork and Maple-Chipotle Sauce
1-1/2 lbs pork
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
2 TBSP olive oil
Mix all the ingredients together to make a paste then generously coat the pork on both sides. Let this marinate in the refrigerator for at least about 3 hours before cooking. You can broil, roast or grill the pork. I used pork chops, but this will also work for a pork loin, or even beef, as well.
While the pork is cooking, make the sauce.
1-2 chipotle peppers with sauce, minced
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
3 TBSP chicken broth
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
Mix everything together, bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. if you like a more “clean”, pour it through a strainer over the meat. I personally like “stuff in my stuff”, so I do not tend to pour my sauces through a strainer. the pork was very tender and juicy and full of flavor.