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Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops

Take advantage of $2 pineapples this summer with this wonderful dish. The kids loved it. I served it with basmati rice and parmesan squash puree. If anyone tries it on the grill, post your results.

Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops

Ingredients

2/3 of a whole (4-pound) pineapple, peeled
1 bunch scallions, sliced crosswise into 1-inch pieces
1/2 small habanero or 1 large jalapeno chile, stemmed and seeded
2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled (I recommend 4 small cloves, err on the side of too little garlic since serving with the reserved salsa)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
4 bone-in pork chops (3/4 inch thick and about 6 ounces each) — I used less expensive thinner cuts, eight count – still delish.
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Cut four 1/2-inch-thick rounds from pineapple; set aside. Cut remaining pineapple into large chunks, discarding core. In a food processor, combine pineapple chunks, scallions, chile, thyme, garlic, and allspice, and pulse until coarsely chopped. Reserve 3/4 cup pineapple marinade and refrigerate.
  2. Season pork with salt and pepper and place in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish along with pineapple rounds. Top pork and pineapple with remaining pineapple marinade and turn pork and pineapple to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 4 hours).
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Working in two batches, brush pineapple mixture off pork and cook chops until browned and cooked through, 10 minutes per batch, flipping once. (Reduce heat if pork begins to overbrown.) Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Brush pineapple marinade off pineapple and cook rounds until golden brown in spots, 5 to 7 minutes, flipping once. Serve with pork and reserved pineapple marinade.
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