I wanted to do something fun with them. I had all sorts of suggestions from people such as just grilling them (which means trotting out the grill pan and filling my apartment with smoke) or coating them with parmesan (not going to work for the hubby). I realized I wanted something sweet, maybe a bit spicy. I didn't have much money to help me shop for new ingredients, so I raided my kitchen to see what I could come up with.
I sprinkled the chops with salt and pepper and browned them in a pan.
Then I glazed them with a mixture of:
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbl honey
1 tsp chipotle powder
1/4 tsp cumin
Pinch of salt
Then they went into a 400-degree oven for about 5 more minutes.
They look fine although not particularly special in this photo. The were good accompanied by some roasted yellow grape tomatoes, but here was the issue.
I don't know what made me buy this honey (it was Italian?). I had bought it a couple of weeks earlier and almost forgot about it. had never seen chestnut honey before. I was very curious. How would it differ from other honeys?
How did it differ? A lot! It's gross. Chestnut honey is nasty. It did no favors to my citrus-and-spice flavors in the glaze. I had hoped once the chops were cooked that the flavor would have mellowed out. Nope. It was as bad coming out of the oven as it was going in. Ick poo! Don't buy this stuff ever! It's way too expensive to be this bad.
Good thing the pork was wonderful because otherwise dinner would have been traumatic.