In a recent blog post, we touted the many benefits of using a cast iron skillet while grilling on your propane grill. If this is something you’ve never done before, don’t worry. All you have to do is check out our blog to get yourself started. As a matter of fact, if you’ve used a cast iron skillet on a stovetop and you know how to use a grill, you ought to be just fine.
We also posted a link to a handful of incredibly delicious recipes that utilize this particular grilling technique, but for a) those of you who either couldn’t find anything that you wanted to try or b) those of you who already tried everything and are yearning for more because of how delicious you discovered those recipes to be, you’re in luck. In today’s blog, we want to share one of our most favorite recipes of all time.
Red Wine Pork Chops
We used to make this recipe with a cast iron skillet right on the top of the stove, but once we discovered this method, you had better believe that we’re never going back. It perfectly combines a number of different flavors and textures into one beautifully delicious meal that you’ll want to eat on a weekly basis.
It’s great for weeknights at home when all you want to do is relax in front of the television for going to bed. It’s also ideal for hosting dinner parties at your home because you get to entertain in your backyard and you don’t have to worry about your kitchen looking like a tornado ripped through it right before your guests arrive. That sounds like a win/win situation to us.
Here’s What You’ll Need
First of all, you’ll want to be sure to buy a propane tank if you don’t have one as well as a good quality cast iron skillet. The beauty of using cast iron is that it holds up well for ages. In other words, if you buy a nice one the first time around, you’re not likely to have to worry about buying another one ever again. Can you say that about many of your other possessions?
You will also need the following ingredients:
- Pork chops
- Red wine
- Chicken broth
- Diced garlic
- Salt and pepper
Not a particularly big shopping list, but this is one recipe that packs a massive punch and is sure to leave you smiling and satisfied when you’re done eating. Trust us when we say that it really doesn’t get much better than this meal right here.
Let’s Get Started
Start by preheating your grill to medium-high and adding your cast iron skillet to get it nice and hot. While this is happening, you can head inside and peel some potatoes, bring a pot of water to a boil, and toss your potatoes in to cook. We’ll be making mashed potatoes, so be sure to check on them often and pull them off of the heat when they’re done. To finish your mashed potatoes, simply mash them up with some milk, add a bit of butter, cover them up, and set them aside to enjoy them with your chops.
Now that your grill is preheated, start by seasoning your pork chops, then throwing them onto the grill to be seared. A few minutes on each side should do the trick just fine. In the meantime, melt a bit of butter into your skillet and add in your garlic. You can use however much garlic you like in this recipe, but trust us when we say this is one case where the more of it you use, the better your meal will be. There’s just something that’s so wonderful about how garlic combines with the other ingredients in this dish to make something that’s incredibly delicious.
Finishing It Up
Next add about 2 cups of red wine and let everything reduce nicely. There’s no one way to do this; as a matter of fact, you can let it reduce as little or as much as you prefer. Either way, it will be delicious. Once your garlic and wine have reduced, add about half a cup of chicken broth and add you pork chops right into the skillet.
We’re in the home stretch. Continue to cook everything together until your pork chops are completely done. At this point, add a bit more butter for good measure to get your sauce nice and creamy, then plate your pork chops, dish up some mashed potatoes, and pour the sauce mixture over the top of both. Serve immediately and enjoy!
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this recipe, courtesy of the team at Mighty Flame. Wine and pork chops go together like cast iron skillets and grills, wouldn’t you say? Until next time!