I had debated sharing this recipe with you all. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't crazy about it.
It's not that it tasted bad. I just wasn't wowed by the flavor. Maybe it needed more salt. Maybe my tomatoes weren't the freshest. I couldn't really tell you what it needed to make it better.
But Dave did like it, a lot actually, and since taste is a subjective thing, I thought I'd share the recipe and let you decide for yourself if you want to make it, or adapt it in some way. On the whole, I love the idea of pairing fruit with protein in savory dishes. Pork in particular seems to pair well with several fruits.
If you're watching your calorie and/or fat intake, definitely give this recipe a try. According to Cooking Light, each serving of this meal has only 192 calories, and 7 grams of fat (only 1.6 grams of that is saturated fat).
I may try this recipe again with a different spice blend, or even a simple seasoning of salt and pepper.
The salsa for this recipe can be made up to 12 hours ahead. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Caribbean-Spiced Pork Chops with Mango Salsa
Recipe from Cooking Light
- ½ cup diced peeled mango
- ½ cup diced plum tomato
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¾ teaspoon sugar
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops (about ½-inch-thick)
- Cooking spray
- In a medium bowl, combine the mango, tomato, cilantro, red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt. Cover the bowl and chill until ready to use.
- Combine the 7 spices in a small mixing bowl, and rub onto both sides of each pork chop. Set aside.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the pork chops for about 3 minutes on each side (depending on thickness and your preferred level of doneness, your pork chops may take a little less or a little more cooking time).
- Serve each pork chop topped with a tablespoonful or two of the mango salsa.
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat
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