'Tis the season ... so be sure to see our Holiday Entertaining Recipes
for some terrific ideas. And, it’s not too early to start thinking about our Country Christmas
menu for any of your holiday meals! For something different, how about mixing it up with our Light Southern Meal
with Grilled Catfish and Watermelon Salsa! Happy Holidays!
Spice Cook's recipe for brined chops is awesome. Did some thick chops last night with Spice Cook's Brine. I left out the bay leaves, and added a whole bunch of crushed fresh lemongrass, and ginger root. Couldn't help myself and I also dumped in a couple glugs of fish sauce. Heated it to a boil to extract as much of the lemongrass/ginger/garlic flavor. Cooled with MikeO's great trick of swirling a ziplock full of ice in the hot brine.[p]Anyway, they brined for 3 hours, I rinsed, patted dry and slathered with mustard. Sprinkled on some cracked telicherry pepper, and seared them at 750, 3 minutes a side (rotating 45 degrees after 90 seconds). then a 5 minute dwell. They were perfectly seared, thin crust and very slightly pink in the center.[p]If you haven't tried brined chops, it could be time! Thanks again Spice Cook's for waking us up to this simple and effective technique for doing chops.[p]Happy Weekend
[ul][li]Spice Cook's Brined Chops