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Rosemary Pork Chops for Two


Pork Chop 3

One of the very best parts of summer is that on the rare occasion that Fritz walks back in the door by 6:30 or so, I can shove a tray of food at him and send him right up to the roof to grill it.

The view from our rooftop.


Don’t worry, I don’t make Fritz climb out on a treacherous roof just to make dinnertime easier for me.  We live in a historic (well, as I like to call it) old brick apartment building with a gorgeous rooftop patio perfect for grilling.

Human, I am not impressed.  I have an entire four story cat mansion with wall-to-wall-to-ceiling carpet.

Human, I am not impressed. I have an entire four-story cat mansion with wall-to-wall-to-ceiling carpet.

Anyway, being South African, grilling is just in Fritz’s blood.  However, over the last few years he has begun to perfect his technique, and I am willing to say he has mastered the pork chop.  After resting, pork can be slightly pink on the inside (145 degrees, as per the USDA) and safely cooked to a medium-rare.

We often grill up lots of food so that Fritz can bring leftovers to school for lunch the next day, but sometimes I just want an easy recipe for two.  You can double the recipe for more marinade if you want a larger quantity (and FYI, this marinade is really superb on lamb).

Rosemary Pork Chops for Two

  • 2 thick-cut boneless pork chops
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 t dried rosemary (use a T if using fresh)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 t salt
  • generous shake freshly ground black pepper
  • opt: 1/4 t South African spice (smoked paprika/peppers)

I saw a South African spice mix at Trader Joe’s that I had to try–it has a nice smoky flavor that adds a good depth to the marinade.

Also a nice sexy name for Fritz.

Also a nice sexy name for Fritz.

I love to find little things that remind Fritz of home.  Trader Joe’s also carries a really cheap package of stroopwafels, one of Fritz’s favorite snacks that originated in Holland (in TJs, though, they call them caramel wafers and keep them by the coffee/biscotti).

This little elephant holds my rings when I'm cooking anything that requires bare hands.

This little elephant holds my rings when I’m cooking anything that requires bare hands.

Combine the ingredients for the marinade together, and place with the pork chops in a covered glass dish or a plastic bag.  I like to use baggies so that I can easily flip the chops over without having to get my hands dirty.  I try to marinate things the night before if I have my act together (usually I don’t, and the morning has to suffice).

Marinating Pork Chops

To cook, preheat the grill until it is hot (Fritz says medium-high covered, high if uncovered) to sear it on both sides, then turn it down to medium and cook for four-to-five minutes.  Take it off the grill, cover with foil, and rest for ten minutes (the pork will continue to cook as it rests).

Pork Chop 4

If you want to use the marinade as a sauce, just cook it down in a small saucepan on the stovetop until reduced (and not filled with T. Spiralis).

Pork Chop2

I’m sorry I mentioned Trichinosis. Don’t google it.

The balsamic and red wine vinegar add a hint of sweetness that is so delicious when caramelized on the grill.

Pork Chop1

Add a little summer corn, and a bacon brussel sprout salad (I like my pork with a side of pork, apparently), and you are ready for summer.

Fritz’s parents, his sister, and her boyfriend are all coming to visit this weekend (and they all live relatively far away), so you probably won’t hear much from me this weekend.  I do have some really delicious recipes to share, though–having the CSA going again forces me to cook more creatively.  Happy Friday!

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  1. Hannah

    That looks amazing…and the next time you are at TJ’s, grab me some of that SA smoke, I’d love it!

  2. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    I love pork chops… this marinade looks killer!!! Have a great time with Fritz’s family this weekend! Oh, and love your table… it’s super cool!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks Chris–snagged the table when the people renting a house from my in-laws suddenly stopped paying rent and disappeared, leaving some rejected belongings behind. Found a positive in the situation! :)

  3. mimi

    These pork chops look fabulous! Thank you for not overcooking them!!
    PS Love your pretty kitties, too!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thank you!

  4. Teri

    It’s so nice to have your blog back, and the pork chops look delish:)

  5. Nuts about food

    Wow, is that the view from your rooftop? Stunning! After seeing that, the buildings and cement I see outside my window look a little depressing. Those pork chops on the braii look amazing…

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      It is the view from the roof–upstate New York is so green this time of year, and we love it!

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