I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Cuban Pork Chops

This is a pretty tasty way to make pork chops. I love the blend of flavors in this pork chop recipe.

(serves 4)

*1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
*1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
*2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
*1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
*1 teaspoon ground cumin (use gluten free if needed)
*1/4 cup olive oil
*4 butterflied pork chops, thinly pounded
*1 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*8 slices Swiss cheese
*8 slices boiled ham
*12-16 slices hamburger dill pickles
*1/2 cup orange juice
*1/4 cup lime juice
*1 teaspoon dried cilantro
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon black pepper

~Whisk together 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, garlic, cumin, 1/4 cup olive oil.
~Place pork chops into a gallon size zip-loc bag.
~Pour citrus mixture over pork chops and seal bag.
~Let marinate in refrigerator for 1-2 hours, turning a few times.
~Remove pork from the marinade and pat dry.
~Discard marinade
~Place cast iron pan or stove top griddle over high heat.
~Place pork chops cut side up.
~Season with 1 teaspoon salt & 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
~Place 1 slice of cheese, 2 slices of ham, pickles, and 1 more slice of cheese over one half of the each of the pork chops.
~Fold over pork chop. (you may need to use toothpicks to keep it together)
~Brush the top with olive oil.
~Place the chops on the hot pan, oil side down.
~Grill 4-6 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
~Turn the pork chops and cook another 4-6 minutes.
~Whisk together 1/2 orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, dried cilantro, & olive oil.
~Spoon over hot pork chops just before serving.

-add sliced jalapeno peppers between the ham & cheese.
-add grilled onions between the ham & cheese.

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