Juicy baked pork chops crusted with smoky cumin & black pepper, and topped with a cilantro & all spice herb butter. A quick meal perfect for weeknight dinners.
I’ve been obsessed with cumin lately. I use it on practically everything. The infatuation started when I began working for JÙS by Julie and had their salads. The dressing, which is a simple combination of lemon, oil, salt pepper & cumin, made the vegetables sing (even the beets, which I’m not normally a fan of)! How could cumin be such a super hero?
Naturally, being the Midwest-born carnivore I am, I started imagining all the meats I could marinade with cumin, and definitely got the meat sweats trying all of them out. The one I found to work best with the spice was pork. I was looking for recipe inspo and came across this one in the New York Times, which I riffed on by upping the amount of cumin and adding a cilantro all spice herb butter. I couldn’t believe how quickly it came together, and those chops were juiiicccccy AF. Anyone who’s cooked a few pork chops in their day knows that within minutes they can become drier than Norm MacDonald’s humor.
Speaking of humor, BF and I have been watching a TON of Impractical Jokers on truTV. My brother introduced me to it a few months ago, and I am hooked. Have you seen the show? It’s four life-long friends who’ve done improv comedy together for ages that team up to do hidden-camera practical jokes across NYC. I gut-bust laugh every time I watch it. Word of advice, though? Don’t eat these chops while watching it. BF & I decided to TV/couch this meal, and I definitely almost choked. Had I died, it would have been worth it–that’s how I’d like to go out: Eating good food and laughing my ass off.
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