This Little Piggy Likes Mango: Caribbean Pork Chops with Mango Salsa
I came across a recipe from Cooking Light that had to be attempted. The weeone doesn’t always love pork (unless it is in the form of bacon, lots and lots of bacon), but this one was too pretty and too tempting to pass up.
I have fond memories of pan fried, bone-in pork chops as a kid. My dad really likes pork so it seemed we ate a lot of it. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t eaten them much as an adult, but this recipe could just change that trend.
I like any chance I get to blend spices. I’m not a pro at what goes well together so recipes that hand that to me help be learn. I could be considered a spice junky. I love to go to Penzey’s Spices and walk around smelling all the different blends and such. It’s really fun…but makes me pretty darn hungry too.
Not only do these chops come out moist and flavorful, but they are incredibly quick to cook. A pot of green beans cooked next to them finished off this meal for us in under 20 minutes. On a Tuesday night, that’s perfect.
So if you work late and your son has soccer practice and your daughter has ballet and you have no time to cook, this is an ideal meal. You can have it ready in the same amount of time it takes to go pick up take out.
Caribbean Rubbed Pork Chops with Chunky Mango Salsa
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chop and 1/4 cup salsa)
Adapted from Cooking Light
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup diced mango
- 1/2 cup diced plum tomato
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Combine coriander, cumin, ginger, salt, allspice, red pepper and sugar in a small bowl. Rub pork chops on both sides generously with spice mixture.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add pork and grill 3 minutes per side or until a thermometer registers 145° (slightly pink).
- Combine mango and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; toss gently. Serve salsa with pork.
Calories: 192, Fat: 1.7g (sat: 1.6g, mono: 3.2g, poly: 0.7g), Protein: 24.9g, Carb: 6.3g, Fiber: 1.4g, Chol: 76mg, Sodium: 363mg, Calcium: 38mg