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Perfect Pork Chops and Mashed Cauliflower

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop, Oven

Description

Perfect pork chops, mashed cauliflower, salad, and a glass of wine is the ideal date night in! Thanks to Alexia Foods, this dinner comes together in under 30 minutes!


Ingredients

Scale

For the brine:

  • 3 cups cold water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons salt

For the pork chops:

  • 2 pork chops — 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick (about 1/2 pound each)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper*

For the cauliflower mash:

  • 1 package Alexia Foods Mashed Cauliflower

Instructions

  1. Brine the pork chops: Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil, add the salt stirring to dissolve. Add remaining 2 cups of cold water to bring the temperature of the brine down to room temperature. Place the pork chops in a shallow dish and pour the brine over top. The brine should cover the chops — if not, add additional water and salt (1 cup water to 1 tablespoon salt) until the chops are submerged. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet in the oven on the middle rack and preheat to 400°F.
  3. Remove the chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle both sides with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Using oven mitts, remove the hot skillet from the oven and set it over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Add the pork chops in the hot skillet. You should hear them immediately begin to sizzle. Sear until the undersides of the chops are seared golden, about 3 minutes. Flip the pork chops and transfer to the oven.
  5. Roast until the pork chops are cooked through and register 140°F to 145°F in the thickest part of the meat with a thermometer. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chops. Start checking the chops at 10 minutes and continue checking every minute or two until the chops are cooked through.
  6. As the pork chops are cooking, prepare the Alexia Mashed Cauliflower according to package directions: simply heat in the microwave and stir!
  7. Transfer the cooked pork chops to a plate, tent loosely with foil and let the chops rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

*Omit pepper for AIP

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