Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pork Chops (with Indian Seasonings)

(based on a recipe at

4 pork chops (about 2 pounds total)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
pinch ground cloves
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch allspice
2 tablespoons drippings or other cooking fat

Mix all of the ingredients except the pork chops and drippings in a small bowl. Rub the pork chops with the spice mixture and allow to rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Melt the lard in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork chops until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Lower the temperature to medium-low; cover and continue to cook until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 F, another 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the chops from the skillet; cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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