Grilled peaches made a big culinary splash a few years ago. They graced the covers of gads of cooking magazines and appeared on menus in restaurants with lots of stars. I know they are trendy, but I still prefer my peaches fresh. Both grilled and fresh peaches go especially well with pork.
Pepsi does, too, but not as a companion beverage. It may sound odd, but using it as a glaze brings a pleasantly familiar flavor to the chops in the following dish, and they pair well with either type of peaches.
Applewood-Smoke Grilled Pork Chops
Applewood chips impart a bacon-like flavor to meats without the fat or calories. Earth’s Finest makes a good brand and can be found in many supermarkets.
· 1 C Applewood Smoking Chips
· 1 Fresh Peach
· 8 oz Pepsi (or the cola of your choice)
· 1 Tbs Garlic Paste
· 4 1/4”-thick Loin-Cut Pork Chops
· Salt and Pepper to taste
· Prepare Applewood chips for grill according to package directions.
· Heat Grill.
· Peel and seed peach, and slice it into 12 wedges. Set slices aside.
· Blend Pepsi and garlic paste in a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil.
· Immediately reduce heat to low and continue to cook mixture, stirring frequently, until it reduces to a thick glaze, about 10 minutes.
· Sprinkle both sides of chops with salt and pepper.
· Brush both sides of chops with glaze.
· Once chips are smoking on a hot grill, sear chops over direct heat, about 1 minute per side.
· Then, brush tops with more glaze and cook 2 minutes longer. Flip, brush with glaze, and cook 1-2 minutes more.
· Serve chops hot topped with 3 peach slices each.
I usually serve the chops on a bed of brown rice along with a crunchy salad. But when I feel especially decadent I go for the gusto and pair them with a gnocchi in cheese sauce (sans the bacon,) or skillet-browned gnocchi. Find those recipes in previous posts or here.
Enjoy Eat a Peach Day, and if you make this recipe, let me know how you like it! Check out some other easy recipes.
Photos courtesy of Easy Weekly Meals