Archive for October 12th, 2011

Spicy Orange Pork Chops

I’m making these for dinner tonight. Have made them a couple times before. You can make them less spicy by omitting the hot sauce – it’s up to you. It is a mild flavour so add the heat if you can handle it!

Adapted from ATCO Blue Flame

Spicy Orange Pork Chops

1/2 cup orange juice
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp pepper
1/4 -1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika (smoked is good too)
2 dashes hot pepper sauce (or more if you are brave)
4 boneless pork chops
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Combine first 6 ingredients (oj thru hot sauce) in a ziplock bag. Remove 2 tbsp of the marinade and set aside. Add your pork chops to the bag. Squishy it to ensure pork is covered with marinade. Set aside for at least 30 minutes (more is good). Remove chops from marinade and pat dry. Grill on low heat (natural gas bbq) for 30 minutes or until done. Baste a couple times with reserved marinade. Sprinkle with cilantro. Makes 4 servings. Serve with your favourite glass of vino!

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My 6 year old fussy fuss loved this burger (her’s did not have sherry or blue cheese on it).  We LOVED this burger and since H is not typically a burger fan we are keeping this one!!.  The reduced Sherry adds a touch of sweetness countered with blue cheese AND salty Bacon…uh crazyness in a bun!  Add your fixin’s and what a winner this burger combo is! Serves 4.

Adapted from Rachael Ray

Garlic Blue Cheese Burgers with Sherry
1 cup sherry
1/2 pckge bacon, fried to your liking
1 lb burger
1/4 cup parsley, chopped (if using dried use less)
3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 buns
burger fixins
Olive oil
crumbled blue cheese (any)
salt and pepper to taste

Let’s begin:
Put your sherry into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower heat to a simmer and reduce to about 1/3 cup (approx. 10 minutes).

Put ground beef in a bowl adding salt & pepper to taste/season. Then add in the parsley, worcestershire sauce, garlic and a splash of olive oil. Mix together and then form 4 burgers. Grill burgers over medium heat on natural gas BBQ until patties are completely cooked. The last minute of cooking add your crumbed blue cheese and let melt. Douse with reduced sherry and then place onto your buns with your bacon and whatever fixin’s you enjoy!

Choose your favourite side to accompany this burger and of course a beer OR bottle of vino. YUM!

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