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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Garlic & Thyme Grilled Pork Chops

The days are getting shorter (and cooler too, yesterday we only had a high of 69 degrees!!!)...and in Arizona that means that it's getting incredibly dark by 6pm.  Unfortunately, that makes me highly unmotivated.  Lately, I have been coming home and just staring at my computer.  The words don't flow and the ideas are blocked.  I even have a difficult time talking myself into stepping into the kitchen and making dinner.  I blame it on the dark because it seems to have been the only thing that has changed recently.  So why am I telling you this?  Well, since I have been so unmotivated lately, I created this very simple, very delicious grilled pork recipe for those nights when maybe YOU are feeling just as unmotivated in the kitchen.  (don't want or like pork...use chicken, it would work just as well)  As always, no need to grill if you don't want can always bake and/or pan sear the pork.  I just love the flavor grill brings to goodness!!

Garlic & Thyme Grilled Pork Chops
Printable Recipe 
4 boneless pork loin chops
olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
salt and pepper

Rub olive oil on both sides of each piece of pork.  Sprinkle both sides of pork with the minced garlic and dried thyme.  Gently rub into the meat.  Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat grill to medium (350-400 degrees).  Place the pork directly over the fire and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of each piece.  Remove from gril and enjoy!


Cranberry Morning said...

Wow! You had a high of 69 degrees? So did we!! (well, maybe it was 67). But in a few weeks we'll have beastly cold and you'll have mild. It's what we get for living here. :-) This sounds like a recipe we'll love. Making it soon!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I love your food. Really, I do. Garlic and thyme? That's a winner.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Garlic and thyme are 2 of my favorites! I feel you on the lack of motivation. Its all I can do to cook something, muchless take pictures of it then write about it. Sigh. The life of a blogger, right? LOL! The chops look delicious Jenn, simple, tasty and perfect for unmotivated days :)

Big Dude said...

Grilled chops are some of my favorites and these sound delicious.

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

Such a simple and delicious recipe, Jenn! It's yummy dishes like these that make me wish I still had a grill! :D

StephenC said...

Simple and elegant.

Pam said...

I feel less like blogging during the cold dark season too. My couch, a fire, and a good book just scream my name!

I love the simplicity of this pork dish... I love thyme and garlic together.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Totally hear you on the 'darkness blues'... They haven't hit me yet but when they do - I'll be glad I have this recipe. Looks delish - thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

The dark affects us outdoor cooks even more but two things help me.
1) Daylight lights: Get one or two of those cheap shop lights with clamps and use CFL bulbs with a daylight rating (5,000k to 6,500k color spectrum, you get them at Home Depot, Lowes). It lights up my outdoor kitchen (and probably irritates my neighbors).

I like these chops. Simple is better often, right!?!

2) Warmth: We fire up our firepit so we don't freeze our asses off ;)