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Lazy Person's Pan-Seared Plum Brandy Pork Chops

Lazy Person's Pan-Seared Plum Brandy Pork Chops
Story/recipe and photos by Tom Weber

writer's kitchen

One of the nice things about being a LAZY person is that you can let your supplies dwindle down to a precious few before you really have to shower, dress and actually go outside to the grocery store or market, or both, to stock back up. So, did I shave, shower, and go outside to prep for this recipe? I cannot tell a lie. I DID NOT.

Let's take a quick inventory of what's inside the ice-a-box.

boneless pork loin chops and cut rosemary potatoes

A packet of boneless pork loin chops. A half-carton of heavy cream. A half-bag of frozen and cut rosemary potatoes. A few cloves of garlic. Butter. Olive oil. That's it? Nothing else? OMG! I am LAZY.

Well, let's put that frustration on the "back burner" and deal with it later.

So, I've got less than a suitable amount of ingredients to mount a worthy assault in the kitchen. But, if I could just find two additional ingredients, I could get this show on the road. Let's see. Do I have any French cognac? Nope. Any Madagascar peppercorn? Of course not. Wait a minute, I can always substitute the cognac with something else from the booze bin and my fresh pepper grinder can take the place of the peppercorn.

Okay. I've got it. I'll finish off the pork loin chops in a liquor-laden cream sauce and throw some whole garlic cloves in with the taters while they roast. Let's call this culinary creation the Lazy Person's Pan-Seared Plum Brandy Pork Chops. I'm getting hungry.

Slivovitz plum brandy

Know what Slivovitz is? It's a distilled beverage made from Damson plums and is widely known as plum brandy.

Slivovitz, or Sljivovica in Polish, which is where my bottle of elixir comes from, is considered the national hard liquor drink around the Balkans down to Turkey and is widely produced and consumed in most Central and Eastern European countries.

A full shot glass of Slivovitz will serve as the substitute for the preferred French cognac. živeli! (Serbian for "Cheers!")

If you'll hand me that apron and the bottle of Slivovitz we can head into the galley and start slinging some hash.



Ingredients (for 2)

  • 320 gr (12 oz) of Boneless Pork Loin Chops (4)
  • 200 gr (7 oz) pre-packaged cubed roasting potatoes with rosemary
  • 1 Garlic bulb, separated with outer skin left on (about 8 pieces)
  • 60ml (2 oz) Heavy Cream
  • 1.25 gr (1/2 tsp) of freshly ground Black Pepper (approx. 20 rotations with the pepper mill set on medium setting)
  • 30ml (1 oz) Slivovitz/Sljivovica Plum Brandy
  • 60ml (3 tbsp) Virgin Olive Oil
  • 15 gr (1 tbsp) of Butter
  • 2.5 gr (1/4 teaspoon) of Salt

Prep and Cooking time: 25-30 min.


Step-1: Separate the Garlic bulb into pieces leaving the outer skin on

garlic cloves

Step-2: Into a casserole dish combine 2 tbsp of olive oil, pre-packaged potato pieces, garlic cloves, salt & pepper to flavor, mix well and place in oven at 200C (400F) for 18-20 min.

olive oil, garlic cloves and pre-packaged cubed roasting potatoes with rosemary

Step-3: Rinse, paper towel dry and season Pork Loin Chops with salt and pepper on both sides

pork loin chops

Step-4: Add 1 tbsp each of olive oil and butter to skillet, set on MED-HIGH heat, let melt and merge then introduce Pork Loin Chops for 4 min.

olive oil, butter and pork loin chops on skillet; rig

Step-5: At 4-min. mark of searing in skillet, Pork Loins should be paper-bag brown in the center and golden brown around the edges. Turn chops over and continue searing for another 4-min.

pork loin chops cooking in skillet

Step-6: At the 8-min. mark of searing, the Pork Loin Chops are ready. Remove Chops from skillet, lower heat to MEDIUM, add the Plum Brandy and stir liquor with the pan drippings until the alcohol has dissipated, about 30-45 sec.

Slivovitz/Sljivovica Plum Brandy

Step-7: Pour in the Heavy Cream, add the freshly ground Black Pepper and mix vigorously for about 1-min.

heavy cream and black pepper

Step-8: As the creamy mixture starts to firm up, turn heat to LOW, reintroduce Pork Loin Chops and move them around, side over side for about 30-sec.

mixture of heaavy cream, plum brandy, ground black pepper, olive oil and butter cooking in skillet

Step-9: The Rosemary Potatoes and Garlic cloves roasting in the oven are done. Plate the Pork Loin Chops, drizzle the plum brandy cream sauce over top, add potatoes and garlic cloves.

finished  pan-seared plum brandy pork loiin chops with rosemary potatoes and garlic

Step-10: Buon Appetito!


Recommended Wine Pairing: Montepulciano D'Abuzzo DOC – Produced by Bramale Vineyards and bottled by Cantina Caviro, Forli (FC), Italy – Just one sip and you'll do what locals have done for years: fall in love with Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. A blend comprised of 85% Montepulciano and 15% Sangiovese grapes, this fruity, but dry, deep Italian red is quite reliable. This Montepulciano D'Abruzzo pairs beautifully with a variety of meat dishes, especially those in sauces, and, above all, it's the perfect partner with lamb.

wine partner for the pork loin chops: Montepulciano D'Abuzzo DOC

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Hi Audrey,

Love your lamb shanks.

--- Paul, Scottsdale AZ

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--- Ken, Shutesbury, MA

I think we must have had an entirely different experience in the UK. (Fresh Food and Real Ale – week 1). We were up in Edinburgh and they served something called ‘Neeps & Tatties.’ The items were boiled so long that I couldn’t even recognize what I was eating. Come to think of it… I couldn’t taste them either. Later I found that Neeps’ are Turnips and ‘Tatties’ are potatoes.

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My mouth was watering as I read some of your descriptions of the fantastic fare of ... England? I had always felt smug about the lowly reputation of British cuisine as this gave us at least one country with a worse culinary reputation than America's. I guess I'll have to change my views. Your article made me actually want to take a CULINARY tour of Britain. Yummy yummy yummy.

--- Sandy Miner, Portland, OR

Thanks for your note. Thanks to Traveling Boy I get to interview a world famous chef this week who is widely recognized as spearheading the Yummy movement in Ireland. Guess I'll have to take yet another culinary tour a little further north and check it out... (I love my job!) --- Audrey

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