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Grilled Pork Chops with Poblano Cream Sauce
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Categories: Chilies, Contest Winners, Grill, Low Carbohydrates, Pork, Southwestern Recipes, Summer Recipes
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Total Time: 50 min.
Marinating Time: 3 hrs.
Preparation Time: 30 min.
Simmering Time: 5 min.
Cooling Time: 15 min.

This is great recipe for outdoor grilling during the summer. It was featured in "Best of 1999" in the LA Times.

For the Pork Chops
4 pork center loin chops - about 3/4-inch-thick
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1/3 cup oil
2 cloves garlic - sliced
Chopped cilantro - for garnish
For the Poblano Cream Sauce
4 poblano peppers
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic - minced
1/3 cup onion - chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream
Freshly ground pepper

For the Pork Chops

Season pork chops with oregano and with salt to taste. Arrange chops in glass baking dish in single layer, pour garlic oil over and add sliced garlic. Cover and marinate several hours or overnight.

Grill chops on hot outdoor grill or heavy cast-iron grill pan set on stove until brown on outside yet light pink in center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with warm Poblano Cream Sauce and garnish with cilantro and reserved pepper strips (from Cream Sauce).

For the Poblano Cream Sauce

Roast poblano chiles on rack over gas burner or on pan beneath broiler until charred on all sides. Put roasted peppers in paper bag and fold end over to seal. Let stand to allow peppers to sweat, about 15 minutes. Peel peppers, then cut each in half and remove ribs and seeds. Cut 2 pepper halves lengthwise into strips and set aside for garnish. Chop remaining peppers coarsely and set aside.

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté until onion just begins to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in broth and whipping cream. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 5 minutes.

Stir in chopped chiles and simmer 1 minute. Pour into blender and purée. Return Sauce to skillet, add salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.

Calories: 645 Calories From Fat: 80%
Protein: 25g Carbohydrate: 8g
Cholesterol: 164mg Sodium: 318mg

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