Grilled Pork Chops Covered with Cherry Salsa

Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Salsa Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

If your cherries are juicy, the salsa will be juicy too. If you want the salsa less juicy, put the finished salsa into a fine-meshed strainer and strain off some of the excess juice.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chopped red onion

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 pounds cherries, about 4 cups

4 pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick

Salt

Olive oil

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 heaping teaspoon sugar

METHOD

1 Mix the chopped onion with the lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside. The lemon juice will help take the edge off the onions.

2 Coat the pork chops in olive oil and sprinkle salt over them. Set aside at room temperature.

3 Pit and de-stem the cherries. A cherry pitter is magical for this task, but if you don't have one, use a small knife. Double check for stray pits, they always seem to find their way into dishes that call for fresh cherries.

4 Put the cherries, onions and chopped basil into a food processor. Pulse a few times until you have a chunky salsa, with differing textures of cherry. Alternately, you can chop everything by hand.

5 Mix in the balsamic vinegar, the 1/2 teaspoon salt and sugar. Add more of any of these ingredients to taste. Set aside at room temperature. You can make this salsa up to 8 hours in advance.

6 Prepare your grill for high direct heat. Grill the pork chops over high heat with the grill cover closed for 3 minutes. Turn them 45 degrees on the same side to get a pretty cross-hatch pattern, then close the grill cover and cook another 3 minutes. Turn the pork chops over, but this time keep the grill cover open and cook for a final 2-3 minutes. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serve the pork chops with the cherry salsa.

Yield: Serves 4.

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By Erin B 08/07/2012 13:29:00