Yes! Even at 12 degrees here in Boise, we still have an outlet for those wonderful locally produced foods. Get to know your local farmers, and they will probably be able to get you some of their product that is not available in the stores. For instance, Ed Wilsey, Homestead Natural Foods, is looking into 1 1/2″ bone-in pork chops for me so I can stuff them. Yum! Here is a link to the Winter Boise Farmers Market Newsletter. Great information resource for places that sell local foods. Enjoy!
This was another one of those dinners. The last time we had a Montmorency Sauce – recipe below – Chef James Grimes made it for the Treasure Valley Wine Society. An awesome sauce that goes very well with pork, but one of these days we will try it with the 5 Hour Roasted Duck.
Here is the recipe for the Montmorency Sauce.
“The sweetness makes it suitable for sautéed chicken breasts or roast duckling, as well as more robustly flavored meats such as pork chops.” (Yankee Magazine) “Montmorency cherries get their name from the Montmorency Valley of France, where they originated.” (Product Oasis)
12 oz Bing cherries, Hood-Crest Dark Sweet Cherries or Montmorency Cherries if you can find them.
1 c Tawny Port
1 large Sugar Cube
2 med Oranges
2 T Cornstarch
Drain the Bing cherries and place cherries in a medium bowl. Reserve liquid.
Add 1 cup tawny port to the reserved liquid. Cover the cherries and let stand at room temperature 3 to 4 hours (preferably overnight).
Rub the sugar cube firmly over the oranges to remove zest and aromatic oils from skin. Squeeze orange and measure 1/4 cup juice. Add juice to 2 tablespoons cornstarch and stir until smooth.
In a saucepan, or to deglaze a braised pork pan, combine cherries, juice and port with cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is thick and clear. Add the sugar cube and stir to dissolve.43.624890 -116.214093
If you want to make a change in preparing bone-in pork chops, try this method. It is not a strong Cajun spice flavor, but you know it’s there. An interesting change. The recipe is posted in the Recipe File above, but here it is also: Creole Slow Cooker Pork Chops. This might also be good using chicken. Maybe the thighs? Enjoy the photos! Left-Click any of the pictures to see enlarged.