Want to dress up an ordinary pork chop . . . add some cheese and pico de gallo with avocado and corn. It will definitely make your taste buds happy. Add a baked potato or a side green salad and you’ve got a complete meal. My family used to cringe when I made pork, they complained it was dry and didn’t have any flavor. Since then I’ve found ways to make pork more tender and juicy. For myself, I’ve found that if I soak the pork in a brine of water, salt and sugar for at least an hour it makes a much more tender pork chop. I seasoned them with a tasty salt blend and added a topping of pico de gallo with avocado and corn. There were no complaints or any leftovers either for that matter.
Top off your tender pork chop with some pico with avocado and corn. It’s delicious!
Grilled Pork Chops with Avocado Corn Pico
3 – 4 Pork Chops (3/4 inch thick)
1 cup Water
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Sugar
Salt Blend (I used Gourmet Hawaiian Hot Lava)
4 ounces Gouda Cheese, sliced
Avocado Corn Pico, recipe follows
Make a brine of 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Pour into a zip lock bag, add pork chops and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle pork with salt blend and drizzle with olive oil. Place pork salt side down on a hot grill, then sprinkle salt blend and drizzle olive oil on the other side. Let cook 5 – 6 minutes, turn and cook an additional 5 – 6 minutes. The last 2 minutes of cooking time place 3 or 4 thin slices of gouda cheese over top of pork chop to melt.
Remove from hot grill and top with Avocado Corn Pico.
Serves 3 – 4
Avocado Corn Pico
1 Tomato, diced
1 Jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/4 cup Red Onion, diced small
1/4 cup Cilantro, roughly chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 Avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup Corn
Spritz of Lime Juice
Salt to taste
Combine diced tomato and next 6 ingredients together in a medium bowl. Spritz with lime juice and salt to taste.