Fresh pineapple is my favorite sweet, sunny fruit and always reminds me of the pineapple plantations we saw in Hawaii ~ not to mention the Pacific Ocean, beaches, palm trees and Hilo Hattie.
During Colonial days, the striking visual attractiveness, the rarity and the expense of the pineapple made it the ultimate exotic fruit. It was served only on special occasions and quickly became a symbol of hospitality.
This recipe is from our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald. It combines the jerk seasoning with pork chops and pineapple. In Jamaica, the jerk method of cooking involves seasoning meat with a sweet-hot secret mixture of peppers, spices and herbs, then slowly cooking them. The blend of allspice and thyme in this recipe captures the taste of the islands perfectly.
Its Jamaican jerk, made with thick, juicy pork and succulent fruit. Pineapple has a meatier side and if you like flavorful dishes, this sweet and savory dish is for you!
Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops
1 small pineapple
1 bunch scallions, sliced cross-wise into 1-inch pieces
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded
2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1½ teaspoons ground allspice
4 bone-in pork chops
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
Cut four ½-inch-thick rounds from pineapple; set aside.
Cut remaining pineapple into large chunks, discarding core.
In a food processor, combine pineapple chunks, scallions
chile, thyme, garlic and allspice and pulse until coarsel
Reserve ¾ cup pineapple marinade and refrigerate.
Season pork with salt and pepper and place in a 9-by-13-inch
glass baking dish along with pineapple rounds.
Top pork and pineapple with remaining pineapple marinade
and turn pork and pineapple to coat.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 4 hours).
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over
Working in two batches, brush pineapple mixture off pork
and cook chops until browned and cooked through, about 20
minutes per batch, flipping once.
Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet.
Brush pineapple marinade off pineapple and cook rounds
until golden brown in spots, about 5 to 7 minutes, flipping
Serve with pork and reserved pineapple marinade.
It’s tropically delicious!!!
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