Wow. That's all I have to say. This meal was spot-on superb. It's as spectacular in flavor as it is visually on the plate. Especially on a summer night when you have the lushest, juiciest peaches to toss with with crisp red onions and pungent cilantro. And a reason to fire up the grill. Drizzle a bit of honey on the meat so it caramelizes and then a touch in the salsa brings the dish together ever so sweetly. Honestly, I think you could also use fresh tomatoes in place of the peaches. And trade out basil for the cilantro. Add a bit of serrano with the peaches. Or not. We served ours with a fried ripe plantain, also known as a maduro which gave it a tropical spin.
AuthorThe Cowgirl Gourmet is forever indebted to Laurey Masterson of Laurey's for this brilliant flavor combination
For the salsa:
2ripe freestone peachesmedium, washed and peeled (if possible)
2heaping tablespoons red oniondiced
2heaping tablespoons cilantrodiced
1tablespoonhoneyor more if peaches need a bit more sweetness
1/2tablespoonextra virgin olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Pinchkosher or Maldon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
For the pork:
2thick cut pastured pork chopsabout 1-1/2 pounds (we used a long bone pork chop from Peaceful Pork)
4tablespoonsextra virgin olive oildivided
1/2teaspoonkosher saltplus more for the meat
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
2shallotspeeled and thinly sliced
Chunk the peach up and place in a bowl. Add the red onion and cilantro, honey, olive oil, lime zest and juice, salt and pepper. Stir gently and allow to sit, covered, to meld.
Remove the excess fat from the pork. Put the chops in a dish large enough to accommodate it. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with the garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle with the honey. Let sit 30 minutes.
When the grill is good and hot, put the marinated pork on the grill, cooking and turning as needed until internal temperature is at 145 degrees.
Remove from the grill and rest the meat for 5 minutes.
Place the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced shallots and saute until crispy. Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt.
To plate, place the perfectly grilled pork chop on the plate. Generously spoon the peach salsa over the top and then drop the fried shallots. Perhaps a final sprinkle of Maldon salt and a bit more freshly ground black pepper...and then taste how good it is.