Pan Seared Pork Chops with Garlic and Thyme
- 1 bone in double cut pork chop, about 2 inches thick
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp grape seed oil for drizzling
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 3-4 garlic cloves gently crushed and skins removed
- 1-2 sprigs of rosemary and thyme
Start by removing the pork chops from the fridge and bringing it closer to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on all sides and get your cast iron pan hot on the stove top.
Pre-heat the oven to 400°F and drizzle the skillet with a neutral oil, such as grape seed oil.
Once skillet is hot, sear pork chops on all sides, about 2 minutes per side until nicely charred, then place in oven and roast for about 6-8 minutes until internal temp reaches 135°F (mostly cooked through).
Place the skillet back on the stove top and add butter, garlic and herbs and as soon as butter melts, carefully tilt the pan with one hand and use your other hand to baste the infused butter onto the pork chop for another 1-2 minutes, not letting the butter burn.
Once done, turn off heat and remove pork chop to another plate to rest for 10 minutes before slicing into it.
© Recipe courtesy of Samantha Ferraro of Little Ferraro Kitchen.
MARCH WINE CLUB:
Casas del Toqui
Terrior Selection Carménère
Cachapoal Valley, Chile
BOLD WINE STYLE
Cherry red color with violet hues. Aromas of black fruits, chocolate and spices, with hints of currants, nuts and tobacco. On the palate there are silky tannins. This wine is juicy and well balanced, with a lingering finish.
Varietal: 100% Carménère
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Aging: Native yeast vinification in neutral French oak
Viticulture: Vertical espalier
Vinification: Fermentation at 80.6ºF-84.2ºF, post fermentation maceration and aged in oak barrels for 12 months
Closure: Natural cork
Pairing: Serve between 60˚F-64˚F with pork chops and sausages
ABOUT CASAS DEL TOQUI:
In 1994, Château Larose Trintaudon, a major French wine producer from the Bordeaux region, partnered with traditional wine producers from the Cachapoal region in Chile and together they founded Casas del Toqui. Recently, their legacy was recaptured by a Chilean family with a great passion for wine, contributing with their own unique and distinctive mark.
The Cachapoal Valley is renowned worldwide for its Mediterranean weather, where the Coastal Range and the Andes create one of the best soils in the region to produce high quality wines. The terroir of Casas del Toqui includes a wide range of soil types. Each plot of land is handled individually according to the unique characteristics of the terroir, which through a coordinated harvest, vinification and barrel management allows Casas del Toqui to keep individual lots to show the purest expression of each component before crafting the different blends.
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