Friday, October 9, 2015

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Smothered Pork Chops

So thankful it is Friday, it has been a very long first week back from vacation and I am exhausted.  And no I am still not caught up with all my work, hopefully by next week.  So let's get back to Iceland, we made it out to the oh so famous Blue Lagoon (pictured below) and it was beautiful and we soaked for several hours and wore our algae face masks.  One of the nights we went on a fun adventure walking round the city (wine in hand) and we came upon a big amazing church (pictured below, also photo by Michael), it was definitely one of the most break taking structures we saw in Iceland.  Oh and something else happened in Iceland...I got engaged!!!!!  Michael and I walked to this special point on the coast (about 30min) and at this point it was an amazing view, it was sunset, and there was a natural hot spring that you could dip your feet in (pictured below).  So before we settled into the hot spring he said come over here and I put my stuff down and turned around and there he was on one knee.  Of course I said yes, it was a pretty darn romantic proposal and evening.  Onto the food, I adapted this recipe Tuesday evening after a long day at work and it warmed the house and filled our bellies.

Serves 4

The Ingredients
6 slices bacon, chopped
2 small onions, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 pepper
4 pork chops, 2 inch thick
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream

The Process
1.  In a large saute pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove to a bowl, reserving bacon grease.

2.  Add onions to bacon grease and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes, until onions are soft and golden brown. Add onions to bacon in the bowl.

3.  Increase heat to medium high and sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. Add chops to pan and brown on the first side 5 minutes. Then turn chops over and reduce heat to medium, cooking on the second side until internal temperature reaches 135F, about 7 to 10 more minutes. Remove to a platter and tent with foil.

4.  Add broth to pan and scrape up any browned bits. Add cream and simmer until mixture is thickened, 2 or 3 minutes. Return onions and bacon to pan and stir to combine.

5.  Top pork chops with onion and bacon mixture and serve.

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