Sunday, July 21, 2013

Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple and Thai Noodles


I have had this recipe printed off for some time now, just waiting to be made! It's from Taste of Home, one of my favorite magazines. I had to make some substitutions, but it still turned out great! 

Some of the ingredients in this recipe could and do contain gluten, so make sure before you buy that what you have is safe. 

To see the original recipe link, click here


Since we live in an apartment and don't have access to a charcoal grill, we used our new Bella Panini Press to grill the porkchops and pineapple. The manual said it was safe to use for meat and veggies, but I was still a little skeptical. Much to my surprise, it turned out great! It wasn't that hard to clean and it worked pretty quickly! 

Here's what you need:
-1 8 oz can of sliced pineapple (rings)
-1/2 C reduced-sodium soy sauce (We used Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce since we couldn't find any gfree soy sauce in our stores here)
-3 Tbsp lemon juice
-2 tsp brown sugar
-2 tsp Asian hot chili sauce or 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (We used Sweet Chili Sauce)
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2 boneless butterflied pork chops (We used three regular sized pork chops with this marinade and still had some marinade left over)
-1 tsp sugar
-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


-Drain pineapple (I used a mesh strainer). Save the juice for your marinade. You will grill the pineapple at the end. 
-In a large resealable bag, combine all ingredients except for the chops, sugar and cinnamon.
-Once your marinade is made, add the chops to the bag and make sure they are coated good. 
The recipe says to let the chops marinate for at least two hours in the fridge. We let ours marinate for about 3 or 4. 


This is the sweet chili sauce we used. We fell in love with the taste of sweet chili sauce in Jamaica when our chef served it with our Pad Thai, since we couldn't have the regular soy sauce. We saw this in the store and had to get it! 


Yum, yum, yum!! 
Grill the chops on each side for about 4-5 minutes. Ours took a little longer since I was using the smaller grill, but it was still pretty quick. 
Once your chops are done, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the pineapple and grill the rings for 1-2 minutes or until brown. 


These are the noodles we used. Sooo good! We found these at Walmart (in the gfree section) for about .70 cents a bag. Pretty good deal if you ask me! They really are instant! Very quick and so easy! 

Overall, we loved this recipe and will definitely make it again! I think we will use the leftover marinade for chicken tonight! 



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