So, I know this dinner doesn’t look like much. But it tastes like a million bucks… like a trip to the tropics! Except much, much cheaper, albiet not as relaxing or as fun considering the recent springtime rain we’ve been experiencing here. 🙂
Succulent pork topped with a sweet and tangy pineapple glaze, paired with the nutty, refreshing flavor of toasted coconut-infused rice…. incredible! This dinner whips up in a flash and is great for a quick weeknight. It definitely satisfied our desire for vacation, and hope it does the same for you too! [Well, maybe not our need for vacation, but our need to get away for a moment… even if just for dinner!
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Sweet and Tangy Pork Chops with Pineapple [from Robin to the Rescue by Robin Miller]
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 pork chops
- freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops with pepper, then sear each side in hot skillet for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
In a medium bowl, whisk together pineapple, orange juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and cornstarch, stirring until cornstarch dissolves. Add mixture to pan with pork chops. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes more, until pork is fully cooked and sauce has thickened.
Coconut Toasted Rice [from Robin to the Rescue by Robin Miller]
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked
- one 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
Toast coconut in a dry medium saucepan set over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until coconut is golden brown. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Add the rice, honey, and coconut milk, then bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes for white rice or 45 minutes for brown rice, until rice is soft and fluffy. Fluff with a fork before serving.
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8 thoughts on “A Tropical Dinner”
This sounds so good, especially the coconut rice (I’m always a sucker for rice =). I haven’t been on vacation from work since Christmas, and I’m starting to feel the need . . .
oh what a long time! we’re going to CO in july and it just can’t come soon enough.
Mmm…I could eat that again sometime soon.
Pork chops are one of my favorite cuts of pork!
I am in desperate need of a vacation–it snowed here today again!
Ooh yum. I love pork chops, especially with pineapple. Definitely makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation. Mmmm vacation 🙂