Once again I wish I could share the scent of the dish with you. While this meal was slow cooking in the oven, my home was filled with the most enticing aromas that you might be able to imagine by just from the ingredients - pecans, bourbon, pork, rosemary, maple syrup... Ah!
The great thing about the recipe is that you most likely have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Truly, a recipe that utilizes what we often have as stable ingredients at home.
I choose to slow cook the pork chops in the oven with the marinade for a couple of hours. I used pork chops with the bone attached to get that greatly enhanced flavor the bones bring to the slow-cooked dishes. Of course, if you have a slow-cooker, you can set the meat and marinade in it and let it slowly simmer all day if you have the opportunity for it.
My choice of side dishes with the pork was sweet potato purée and a mixed baby green salad. I like to use the sweet potato purée instead of mashed potatoes because I purée them with just a tiny amount of salted cooking liquid and add freshly ground black pepper. I love the taste of the sweet potato and the nutrients of it. Also, compared to mashed potatoes, fewer calories, if that's something you want to be aware of.
It was so delicious all together, giving me a spark to look forward to the season to come, and the lovely autumn flavors, colors, and aromas!
I hope you enjoy it, until next time
PECAN BOURBON PORK CHOPS
If you don't like to have a large bottle of bourbon or whiskey at your house, or don't want to invest in a whole bottle for a couple of tablespoons you need for cooking, most liquor stores sell tiny, shot size, bottles of a variety of alcohol, that is very handy for baking and cooking. These tiny bottles are often located close to the cashier. All the alcohol will be cooked away from the marinade, and the dish is safe to serve for the whole family.