MAIN DISH: Pan-Seared Pork Chops w/Lemon & Chocolate
2 Tbsp. Grapes & Olives On Tap Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Grapes & Olives On Tap Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar
3 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
4 fresh bay leaves or 6 dried bay leaves
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced and 1 halved
4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops, each 6-8 oz.
Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a large cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed fry pan over medium heat, combine the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, garlic and bay leaves. Sauté until the garlic is lightly golden and the oil is infused with the garlic and bay leaves, about 5 minutes. Transfer the garlic and bay leaves to a plate; set aside. Return the pan to medium-low heat and add the lemon slices. Cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the plate with the garlic and bay leaves. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Arrange the chops in the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Sear until nicely browned underneath, 2-3 minutes. Turn the chops over and cook until browned on the other side, 2-3 minutes more. Squeeze the lemon halves over the chops and turn to coat the chops with the juice. Return the garlic, bay leaves and lemon slices to the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the chops are cooked through, 3-4 minutes more. They should spring back but still feel tender when gently pressed with a finger, and the center should be very slightly pink. Transfer the pork chops to a platter and spoon the pan juices, along with the lemon slices, over the top. Drizzle ribbons of Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar over each chop. Serve immediately.