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Judy Rodgers' Brined Pork Chops

Judy Rodgers' Brined Pork Chops
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Before refrigeration, brining was necessary to preserve meat. Today brining is popular again among home cooks and chefs. It gives flavor and tenderness to meat and poultry. And, it is very simple to do. At the restaurant Zuni in San ... Read more

Total time: 15 minutes plus 24 hours standing | Serves 4
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 cup mixed herbs, such as bay leaves, thyme or rosemary
  • 4 loin pork chops (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, optional, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon butter, optional, for frying

Step 1Combine the water, sugar, salt and herbs in a large bowl. Stir to blend and dissolve the sugar and salt. Add the pork chops to the brine, cover the bowl and put the bowl into the refrigerator. Check several times on the brining and stir any salt or sugar that has not been dissolved.

Step 2You can cook the chops after 24 hours or wait until they have brined for 36 hours. Pan-fry the chops in the olive oil and butter in a skillet over high heat or cook them in a grill pan over high heat, 8 to 10 minutes.

Each serving:
512 calories; 1,229 mg sodium; 97 mg cholesterol; 50 grams fat; 23 grams saturated fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 11 grams protein; 0.80 gram fiber.
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