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Asian Style Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Sauteed Sweet Onions … and a trip to Lopez Island Farmer’s Market!

Asian Style Pork Loin Chops with sautéed Sweet Onions

I’m a Farmer’s Market obsessed mad woman this summer.  It all started with the lovely flight over to Orcas Island this past June.  Oh yeah, that’s the one that got me going.

Brown Rice, Fresh Chopped Cilantro and Steamed Sugar Snap Peas

On the flight back home from Orcas, I turned to my hunky pilot (new name for Ranger Craig) and said “I think you should fly me to a different Farmer’s market every weekend”.   I think I made him smile.

Lopez Harbor from the air

Ranger Craig has obliged my request and so off we flew this weekend.   The location? My almost favorite island, (because I can’t seem to decide which is my favorite) Lopez.

Beautiful Lopez Island

It’s a little bit of a hike from Lopez Airport to town center,  so my brilliant hunky pilot (just expanded Ranger Craig’s new name) packed the bikes in the plane… so I could carry more loot!

Me, my bike and my oversized backpack... ready for the market!

It was a glorious ride to town.  Sailboats, blue herons, beautiful cows (I love cows!), friendly locals who waved as they passed my bike.  I think they were waving me good luck bike riding back to the airport.  Two huge hills to climb.  Ok, that won’t be a pretty site.

I love cows!

Kayaking! One of our favorite sports... guess we'll be comin back.

The market was incredible.  I stopped at every booth, bought homemade jam, lots of beautiful and fresh organic vegetables, the most glorious looking organic pork loin chops, killer fudge and an adorable bird house for my sister (she loves birds).

Spicy Salad Mix... beautifully delicious

By the last booth I was gettin the ole “I’m hungry” stare from Ranger Craig.  So I zipped up my oversized backpack (which he was so sweetly carrying) and off we went in search of food.

Savor the Season!

Just Heavenly Fudge

Now if you’ve ever been to Lopez Island in the summer, you’ll know about Holly B’s.  Holly B’s is one of the best bakeries in Western Washington.   A slice of andouille sausage pizza, a Gruyère croissant, and tomato basil bruschetta.  It was a most delicious lunch under the island sun, camped out on fresh grass, with just the lightest ocean breeze.  A moment to savor.

I was in awe.  So in awe of that beautiful moment in time, that beautiful moment of the summer season, I forgot to take a picture of that beautiful lunch!

Thankfully, my memory wasn’t permanently impaired.  I remembered to snap a few pictures of this beautiful recipe.

Asian Style Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Sautéed Sweet Onions

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 thick cut pork loin chops

1 cup Tamari (I use gluten-free)

1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped ginger

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 cup pineapple juice

Red pepper flakes

½ cup veggie oil

½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1 sweet onion, halved and thin sliced

2 tablespoons butter

Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish

Serve with Brown Rice, fresh chopped cilantro and steamed sugar snap peas

Directions

For the marinade: Whisk together the Tamari, ginger, mustard, pineapple juice, red pepper flakes, veggie oil and black pepper.

Place the pork loin chops in large Ziploc bag.  Pour the marinade over the pork and swish it around to cover all surfaces of the pork.

Lay the Ziploc bag in a large baking dish. For richest flavor and best results, place the dish in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

When ready to grill, preheat the grill to 400F.

While the grill is heating, prepare the sautéed onions.  Add the two tablespoons butter to a large sauté pan over medium heat.  When the butter is melted and hot, add the onions.  Let the onions sauté, stirring every few minutes, for about 20 minutes or until wilted and lightly golden brown.   Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.

When the grill is ready, place the chops directly on the grill.  Brown both sides of the chops and then turn down the heat to about medium, and slowly finish cooking the pork loin chops. The chops will be done when the internal temperature reaches 145F.

Remove the chops to a platter and let them rest for at least 5 minutes.  This is an important step and will allow all the natural juices to re-distribute in the chops, keeping them moist and tender.

To serve:  Top the pork loin chops with the sautéed onions and garnish with fresh cilantro.  Serve with brown rice, steamed sugar snap peas and fresh chopped cilantro.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    laurahartson
    August 1, 2011 at 4:22 am

    love the happy tinker picture 🙂
    http://www.tinkerbelle86.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      Karista
      August 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

      🙂 She’s a wonderful local artist that creates the most divine little bird houses. Love your sites too Laura! keep up the fun and fabulous posts!

  • Reply
    alyssa
    August 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    beautiful pics!

  • Reply
    Karista
    August 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks Alyssa! It was indeed a beautiful day! Happy Cooking 🙂

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