This was dinner last night and lunch today. I’m really beginning to love pork on this diet. I mean, I always loved the good pork, you know, the fatty pulled pork and bacon and ribs and all those good things. But the white kind! The pork tenderloin and center cut chops! They’re really good. And put some good stuff on them and they’re absolutely fabulous! I used a half a light beer and substituted the rest of the beer for a bit of chicken broth. I know it would really be good with a nice dark beer for some heartiness. Try it when you’re out of Consolidation! But this dish was plenty satisfying on it’s own!
PORK CHOPS WITH TURKEY BACON AND BEER GRAVY
2 lean center-cut pork chops
2 slices of turkey bacon, diced (I use Wellshire Farms from Whole Foods)
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 T corn starch
1/2 cup light beer
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
olive oil spray
salt and pepper
2 T fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
Season the pork with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil spray. Add the chops and cook, turning once, until caramelized and fully cooked, about 10 to 12 minutes (I actually finished mine in the oven at 400 for about 5 more minutes because my chops were a bit thick). Keep warm on a platter. In the meantime, add another spray of cooking oil to the skillet, add bacon and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the shallots and saute with the bacon until soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in corn starch, stir for 1 minute, then add the beer. Cook until reduced by half, then whisk in the broth. Season with salt and pepper and pour the gravy over the chops. Garnish with parsley.