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An Old Favorite (Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce)

One of the difficult things about being a food blogger, and when I say difficult I mean that in the loosest of terms, is remembering that not all things you cook have to be new and exciting. It is okay to revisit some old favorites every now and then.

Don’t you find that to be true as you are planning your menus? You want to have something new to blog about, so you fill up your menu with recipes you haven’t tried before in order for you to have some new content for your blog. Pretty soon, some of the recipes you love that you had blogged about before are buried under the pile of new recipes and you soon forget they even existed.

This weekend, I planned my menu for this week but was stumped as to what to have on Sunday night. I sent a shout out into the wonderful world of Twitter for meal ideas when the lovely Melanie, from Southern Comfort in a Northern Life, said she was making a recipe I had on my blog years ago for Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce. Intrigued, because I honestly forgot about that recipe, I went to check out my very own blog to see what she was referring to. Sure enough. I saw the recipe for Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Sauce and instantly remembered how much we had loved it!

Take this as a gentle reminder that newer isn’t always better. Don’t ignore your archives. Sometimes, a treasure that you may have forgotten about awaits you!

Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce (Originally from Epicurious.com)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
6 (1/2-inch-thick) boneless pork chops

Whisk together lime juice, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well. Whisk in cilantro.

Prepare a gas grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-high heat. Pat pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Oil grill rack, then grill pork chops, covered, turning over once, until just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes total. Serve drizzled with some vinaigrette, and with remainder on the side.

Cooks’ note: If you aren’t able to grill outdoors, chops can be cooked in a hot lightly oiled large (2-burner) ridged grill pan over moderately high heat.

Makes 4 servings.

July 2007

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  1. You are so very right! I find I always have that dilemma…Every Saturday its my job in the house to make salmon for lunch…and after years of doing it, I’ve gotten a perfect, easy, SUPER FAST method for it down, and I blogged about it about a year ago. Now I feel like I cant blog about it again!

    However, I’m considering doing it again…and maybe taking a few prettier pictures? ;)

  2. That is one reason I love blogging – without it, I would forget about so many wonderful recipes!!

  3. I’m glad you revisited this one, it sounds super!

  4. Ah, you are so right! I do also forget all the wonderful recipes that I have tried before and I am always happy that at least there is a way to find them back ! Love this recipes!

  5. Lime, cilantro, and red pepper flakes what could be better on pork chops?

  6. great picture! i did a post on grilled pork recipes and used one of your pictures. i gave you full credit and linked the photo back to this page. thank you so much for posting it! here’s the link to my blog entry – http://reluctantwwfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/savory-marinated-pork/

  7. Have had this recipe on my “to try” list for a while and finally gave it a try tonight. So easy, and such a wonderful sauce! It’s a keeper!

  8. We just finished eating this (came across them via Once A Month Mom), and holy yum! They were so good! They’ve made the cut for our monthly rotation. :D

  9. Made this tonight for my wife, and we loved it!!! Thank you!!!

  10. This summer I prepared grilled pork chops quite often. I generally use balsamic vinegar instead of lime juice as it gives somewhat a different taste to my recipe


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