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Easy Christmas Bone-in Pork Chop Recipe: Flavorful Holiday Feast

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Brined Bone-in Pork Chop on a plate

2-3 servings
Prep time: 5min
Cooking time: 30min
Total time: 35min

Make your Christmas merry & delicious with this easy bone-in pork chop recipe. Tender, juicy chops flavored with garlic & herbs for a festive feast.

Unwrap a Delicious Christmas with this Easy Bone-in Pork Chop Recipe!

Looking for a festive and flavorful main course for your Christmas celebration? This Christmas Bone-in Pork Chop Recipe is the perfect answer! Tender, juicy bone-in pork chops are simply seasoned and cooked to perfection, creating a show-stopping dish that’s surprisingly easy to prepare.

The Secret’s in the Simplicity

The beauty of this recipe lies in its straightforward approach. High-quality bone-in pork chops are the star of the show, and their natural flavors are enhanced with just a touch of garlic, butter, and fresh thyme (optional). This allows the inherent deliciousness of the pork to shine through, creating a satisfying and unforgettable Christmas dinner.

INGREDIENTS

1 pack 250g Wet Brined Bone-in Pork Ribs (included in Bone-in Pork Chop set)

1 box cider sauce (included in Bone-in Pork Chop set)

2 garlic cloves whole, peeled

Non-stick/ cast iron skillet

Metal/ wooden table spoon

Cooking oil

Unsalted butter

Fresh thyme (optional)

Kitchen tongs

Preparation is Key (The Night Before):

  1. Defrosting: To ensure perfectly cooked pork chops, proper defrosting is crucial.  At least 12 hours before cooking, transfer the bone-in pork chop package and sauce box from your freezer to the refrigerator compartment. This allows the meat to thaw slowly and evenly, resulting in a more consistent texture when cooked.

Cooking Day:

Important Note: The packaging for this bone-in pork chop set is NOT a Sous Vide bag. Never cook meat in its packaging material.
 
  1. Heat Up the Skillet:  Prepare your cooking station by heating a large skillet over low-medium heat. Add a drizzle of cooking oil and a generous dollop of butter (around 25 grams) to the skillet. Allow the oil and butter to melt and shimmer before proceeding.
  2. Prep the Pork Chops:  While the skillet heats up, carefully open the bone-in pork chop packaging and discard it. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. This helps achieve a beautiful sear on the surface.
  3. Searing for Flavor: Once the skillet is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles upon contact, gently place the bone-in pork chops in the center of the pan. Add garlic cloves to the sides of the chops. Resist the urge to move the chops too much at this point. Let them sear undisturbed for 3-4 minutes, allowing a beautiful golden brown crust to form.
  4. Flip and Baste for Juiciness:  After the initial sear, use tongs to carefully flip the pork chops.  Tilt the skillet slightly towards you and use a spoon to baste the chops with the hot pan drippings. This helps transfer flavorful browned bits from the bottom of the pan onto the meat, resulting in an extra layer of deliciousness.  Basting is a technique where you spoon hot pan drippings over the top of the cooking meat to keep it moist and flavorful.
  5. Herbs for a Festive Touch:  (Optional)  For an extra layer of Christmas cheer, consider adding a few sprigs of fresh thyme to the skillet at this stage. Thyme pairs beautifully with pork and adds a subtle herbaceous aroma to the dish.
  6. Reaching Perfect Doneness:  Continue cooking the bone-in pork chops for another 3-4 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for “just cooked” or 160°F for thoroughly cooked, using a meat thermometer. This ensures the meat is cooked through while remaining juicy and tender.
  7. Resting is Essential:  Once cooked to perfection, remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the pork chops to a plate.  **Letting the meat rest for 5-10 minutes** allows the juices to redistribute throughout the flesh, resulting in a more tender and flavorful bite.

Plating and Finishing Touches:

Now comes the fun part – plating your delicious Christmas feast! Here are two options depending on your preference:

 

Option 1: Whole Chop Presentation:

  1. Arrange the rested bone-in pork chop in the center of a warmed serving plate.
  2. Optional: If using, chop walnuts and cranberries into bite-sized pieces. Scatter them around the base of the pork chop for a festive touch.
  3. Drizzle a teaspoon of the Cider Sauce (optional, included with pack) over the pork chop, or leave it plain as the natural flavors should shine through.

Option 2: Sliced Presentation:

  1. If you prefer a sliced presentation, use a sharp knife to carefully slice the bone-in pork chop into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange the slices on a warmed serving platter. 
  2. Optional: Garnish with chopped walnuts and cranberries as described in option 1.
Enjoy a Merry and Delicious Christmas!
This Christmas Bone-in Pork Chop Recipe is sure to become a holiday favorite.  Serve it alongside your favorite roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or stuffing for a complete and festive meal.
 

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