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Monday, January 28, 2013

Asian Apricot Glazed Chops

It's not often that I have apricot preserves in the house - Chris and I are more the raspberry, strawberry, grape sort of people.  But when I saw this recipe the other day, I decided, I was going to have to break down and buy something we normally wouldn't. Nine out of ten times, I will not buy an ingredient I know I will never use again.  I will usually figure out something to substitute .... or, as in this case... I'll come up with another recipe to help use up what would maybe end up going to waste.  Friday, I'll post another recipe that will feature apricot preserves.  That way, if you are like me and know it won't get used any other way, you won't feel guilty about buying it!

This was a great recipe.  The sweetness of the preserves and the spiciness of the chili garlic sauce worked perfectly together!  I would use this marinade on chicken or shrimp or even fish.  It is simple and delicious.  I served these with a wasabi mayo sauce... mmmmmmmm.. it was fantastic!

Asian Apricot Glazed Chops
Adapted from BHG Grillin' & Chillin'
Printable Recipe 
1/3 cup apricot preserves
1 Tablespoon chili-garlic sauce (Sambal Oelek)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
drop or two of sesame oil
4 boneless pork loin chops
salt and pepper

In a small bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients until well combined.  Rinse pork chops and pat dry with a paper towel.  Season both sides with salt and pepper and place in resealable bag. Pour half of the apricot mixture over the pork and seal the bag.  Place in refrigerator for 2 hours.  Cover the remaining apricot mixture and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Remove pork and glaze from the refrigerator.  Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.  Clean and oil grill grates.  Place the pork directly over the fire and brush the glaze over each pork chop grill 4 minutes.  Flip pork chops and brush with remaining glaze.  Grill another 4 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

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StephenC said...

I could do this with the orange marmalade I've got, or the mango chutney we were given at Christmas. I'll check out the chops at market today.

Yenta Mary said...

I love apricot - preserves, fruit, jam, sauce, sorbet, you name it. This looks SO amazing!!! Can't wait for the next apricot recipe, too, now ... :)

belleau kitchen said...

gorgeous!... love chops, they really take me back to my childhood... love lamb chops too... all the fat... which is not so good but who care... um I do!

Cranberry Morning said...

Wonderful, wonderful. I am way more of an apricot preserves person than any of those other fruits. I try to keep it on hand for that great honey mustard apricot sauce! And now there's another reason. Looks delish. I have to check my freezer to see what's in there.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

It's amazing how often apricot preserves come in handy - this sounds fabulous :))
Mary x

Big Dude said...

Looks very good Jenn and sounds like you're happy you made the investment in the jelly.

Michael Toa said...

love chops! and this looks gorgeous Jenn. I'm with you. I don't buy ingredients, especially if they're in big-ish packaging or quantity, knowing I'll never use it again. But I think this is worth it :)

Mary Younkin said...

Loved your reasoning here. I always wind up with several posts in a row featuring similar ingredients as well. That said, apricot preserves are the one jam you are guaranteed to find in my house over all others. Peach might be my favorite flavor, but with an apricot tree at my mom's house (that used to be my grandmother's house) I grew up making and eating apricot preserves.

Mary Younkin said...

P.S. Hurray for no captcha!!!! I hate the spam, but I think I dislike squinting at that box even more. ha ha

Lynn said...

Oooh, your chops look and sound so good! Wishing I had some right now :)

Chris said...

I buy apricot preserves but have never tried it except in a recipe like sriracha wings. I bet these chops were mega-flavorful!

Vanessa said...

This is cool!