Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops


Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops

Andros is a beautiful island of the Cyclades complex very close to Athens. Its name, as mythology says, comes from general Andros descendant of gods Apollo and Dionysus. That is the reason why Dionysus was worshipped in the island and the two gods appear in their coins. Because of its proximity to main land, its rich soil, the plethora of waters and the safe bays, the island attracted from very early ages settlers who created a civilization that flourished.

Because of its special position the island was occupied in succession by Romans, Francs and Turks. In 1821 when Greeks rebelled against ottoman occupation, the island followed and entered the battle along with the rest of Greece.

Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops

During modern years, the island played a significant role in navigation giving to international shipping community many important ship-owners who still exist today.

The island is beautiful, with many picturesque beaches each one appealing to different tastes and expectations. It is very touristic, especially because it is so close to mainland and Athens and not only during summer, but also in many other occasions throughout the year. The rich ship-owners of the island, gave it money to help preserve its beauties and support the local community, thus it is one of the most well preserved and picturesque Cycladic islands.

Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops

The island is famous for its special variety of lemons. Over 42,000 lemon trees are cultivated and in the past, they were exported around the world thanks to the local ship owners. On Holy Saturday morning, a lemon festival takes place in its capital and one can taste several sweets and spirits based on lemon.

I happened to read about this lemon festival as I was browsing the news to sick some enlightenment as to what to cook for the weekend. Reading the article inspired me and I decided to make something that would leave the aftertaste of a lemon but not too bold or too acidic as the actual ones. So, it came to me the idea of making a marinade and a sauce with lemon tea. I put my plan into action and I must tell you the result was exquisite. There was a subtle scent of lemon when you tried the first bite but it was a sweet and fragrant one with absolutely no acidity. We all loved every bite of it and I will sure make it again, perhaps next time with beef or chicken. I think it will pair perfectly with these two as well.

Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Marinade
  • 1 cup prepared strong lemon tea
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp green and pink pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
For the Sauce
  • 1 cup prepared strong lemon tea
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp green and pink pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 100 ml light cream 15% fat
  • 4 pork chops
  • 300 gr. white button mushrooms, sliced
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Marinade
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl to incorporate.
  2. In a pyrex or a non-reactive pan place the chops and pour on top of them the marinade.
  3. Let them stay for at least two hours in the fridge.
  4. One hour before you are about to cook them take them out of the fridge, pat dry them with a paper towel and leave them to come to room temperature.
For the Sauce
  1. About 15 minutes before you cook the chops start preparing the sauce.
  2. In medium heat sauté the mushrooms until they are soft.
  3. Add all the ingredients of the sauce minus the cream and bring to gentle boil.
  4. Boil for about 3 minutes and reduce the heat to low and add the cream.
  5. Gentle boil for three more minutes.
  6. In a non-stick skillet, in medium/ high heat cook the chops for about 4 minutes from one side and 3 minutes from the other side.
  7. Remove and place them in the sauce and let them cook with it another 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Remove from fire let them rest for couple of minutes and serve.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Χοιρινές Μπριζόλες με Σάλτσα Τσαγιού με Λεμόνι
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για τη Μαρινάδα
  • 1 φλ. τσάι με λεμόνι
  • ¼ φλ. μέλι
  • 1 κ.γ. θυμάρι ξερό
  • 2 κ.σ. μηλόξυδο
  • 1 κ.σ. μουστάρδα Dijon
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, ψιλοκομμένες
  • ½ κ.γ. αλάτι
  • ½ κ.γ. πράσινο και ροζ πιπέρι
  • ½ κ.γ. τριμμένο τζίντζερ
Για τη Σάλτσα
  • 1 φλ. τσάι με λεμόνι
  • ¼ φλ. μέλι
  • 1 κ.γ. θυμάρι ξερό
  • 2 κ.σ. μηλόξυδο
  • 1 κ.σ. μουστάρδα Dijon
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, ψιλοκομμένες
  • ½ κ.γ. αλάτι
  • ½ κ.γ. πράσινο και ροζ πιπέρι
  • ½ κ.γ. τριμμένο τζίντζερ
  • 100 ml ελαφριά κρέμα 15%
  • 4 χοιρινές μπριζόλες
  • 300 γρ. λευκά μανιτάρια, κομμένα σε φέτες
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
Για τη Μαρινάδα
  1. Ανακατεύουμε όλα τα υλικά της μαρινάδας σε ένα μπολ να ενσωματωθούν.
  2. Σε ένα πυρέξ βάζουμε τις μπριζόλες και ρίχνουμε πάνω τους τη μαρινάδα.
  3. Αφήνουμε να μείνουν για τουλάχιστον δύο ώρες στο ψυγείο.
  4. Μία ώρα πριν να είστε έτοιμοι να τις ψήσετε βγάλτε τις από το ψυγείο, σκουπίστε τις με χαρτί κουζίνας και αφήστε τις να έρθουν σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου.
Για τη Σάλτσα
  1. Περίπου 15 λεπτά πριν ψήσετε τις μπριζόλες αρχίστε να προετοιμάζετε τη σάλτσα.
  2. Σοτάρουμε τα μανιτάρια σε μέτρια φωτιά μέχρι να μαλακώσουν.
  3. Προσθέτουμε όλα τα υλικά της σάλτσας εκτός της κρέμας και και τα αφήνουμε να σιγοβράσουν.
  4. Βράζουμε για περίπου 3 λεπτά και χαμηλώνουμε τη φωτιά στο χαμηλό και προσθέτουμε την κρέμα γάλακτος.
  5. Σιγοβράζουμε για 3 λεπτά.
  6. Εν τω μεταξύ σε ένα αντικολλητικό τηγάνι, σε μέτρια / υψηλή θερμοκρασία μαγειρεύουμε τις μπριζόλες για περίπου 4 λεπτά από τη μία πλευρά και 3 λεπτά από την άλλη πλευρά.
  7. Αφαιρούμε και τοποθετούμε τις μπριζόλες στη σάλτσα και αφήνουμε να ψηθούν με τη σαλτσούλα άλλα 3 έως 4 λεπτά.
  8. Αφαιρούμε από τη φωτιά, αφήνουμε να ξεκουραστούν για δύο τρία λεπτά και σερβίρουμε.

 

21 Responses to Lemon Tea Braised Pork Chops

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Your Pork Chops look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. Jennifer says:

    Loving this recipe…so unusual, too. Have a great week, Katerina.

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  5. Looks like the perfect cozy meal… it snowed today so this is just what I am craving. Love the idea of adding lemon tea to both the sauce and the dish. Sauce looks amazing.

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  7. What a genius idea of using lemon tea. I would have never thought of using tea this way before. Loving how juicy and tender the pork chops look.

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  9. Juliana says:

    Somehow I do not cook pork often, and I am so tempted to try this recipe with lemon tea…such an interesting concept, and I love the creamy sauce as well..thanks for sharing it!
    I hope you are enjoying your week Katerina :)

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  11. Susan says:

    What an amazing amount of lemon trees! The scent must be amazing when they are all in blossom. Your pork chops with lemon tea marinade look so delicious!

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  13. What a great recipe, I’ve not thought about using tea like this before!

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  15. Love lemon! So I love lemon tea, of course. Haven’t braised pork chops in it, but it’s a neat idea. These look terrific – thanks.

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  17. Oh yum, it looks so good!😍😍

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  19. What a beautiful plate of food Katerina mou! Any family or friend will love! ♥

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  21. 42,000 lemon trees? that is a lot of trees! I love using lemon to cook and flvor with, the chops looks wonderful

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  23. grace says:

    what a unique idea! this must make some of the most flavorful pork ever–great recipe!

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  25. Sissi says:

    Lemon tea use sounds like a very original and fantastic idea! I would never think of it…. I love pork, so I’m glad to see again a pork dish on your blog (and, as always, a very delicious-looking one!).

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  27. mjskitchen says:

    It’s been years since I’ve made smothered pork chops. I think they lost their appeal, but the ones I made didn’t have the flavors you’ve created here. Love the lemon tea as the sauce base!! I might be making pork chops again soon. Thanks for this awesome dish!

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  29. Liz says:

    Wow, your chops look so meaty and tender! And that sauce??? It sounds amazing!!!

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  31. Looks so delicious! I am curious about the use of lemon tea here. Makes for an exotic dish with wonderful flavors!

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  33. Kate says:

    I’m feeling under the weather right now, so lemon tea in any form sounds so soothing.

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  35. Παρόλο που έχω επισκεφτεί την Άνδρο 3 φορές αν θυμάμαι καλά, δεν γνώριζα ότι φημίζεται για τα λεμόνια και είναι η πρώτη φορά που μαθαίνω ότι υπάρχει κ φεστιβάλ!
    Ενδιαφέρουσα πολύ η συνταγή σου Κατερίνα! Πολύ πρωτότυπη ιδέα να χρησιμοποιήσεις τσάι με λεμόνι! Σε φιλώ

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  37. Monica says:

    This sounds amazing…the pork looks so tender and that sauce is to die for. : )

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  39. Beth says:

    This sounds like a wonderful dish, Katerina. And as always, you make me long to visit the Greek islands!

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  41. THe pork chops look very tender and juicy with that lemon tea based sauce!

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