Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Grilling - Peaches and Pork

This is a recipe I found in a 2005 Cooking Light cookbook. I had not tried it before this month, but I will definitely be making it again! It was a nice light meal and something different than what we usually grill.

First, a round of applause for Mr. Gourmet.....a fine grilling job!

The finished product....

Peaches and Pork

4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut pork loin chops
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 large peaches, peeled, halved, and pitted
6 cups trimmed arugula (I couldn't find arugula so I used Escarole)
1 teaspoon turbinado or granulated sugar (I didn't use this when I made it)

Place each piece of pork between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and pound each piece to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

Combine 2 tablespoons vinegar, juice, thyme, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon juice mixture. Pour the remaining juice mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork; seal and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Place peaches, cut sides up, on a plate; drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until pork is done. Set aside.

Place peaches, cut sides down, on grill rack; grill 4 minutes or until soft and slightly browned. Turn and cook 2 minutes or until heated through. Cut each peach half into 4 slices. Slice pieces of pork into 1-inch-thick strips.

Drizzle trimmed arugula with reserved 1 tablespoon juice mixture, tossing to coat. Divide arugula evenly among 4 plates. Top with grilled pork strips and peach slices; sprinkle evenly with sugar.

We even had extra grilled peaches so we were able to come up with a duo of peach desserts! (actually it was a little husband/wife cook off....Mr. Gourmet won)

Enjoy! Until next dinner....

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