When I was a young girl my father raised pigs, as well as cattle. We had a bunch of particularly unruly pigs for awhile. That, combined with an aging fence around their yard made for plenty of days when the pigs would make a run for it. I found it entertaining to watch the adults chase them around the yard and herd them back up. One day, for some reason it occurred to me that it would be fun to hitch a ride on a speeding piggy, so I waited at the corner of the fence until one came near, grabbed a hold, and hopped on. We raced wildly around for a couple of moments before one of my parents spotted me and gave me the stink eye. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted. I think a number of those adventurous critters made their way into the freezer.
Despite all my up close and personal experiences, I still love pork. It's a versatile meat, and many cuts are very lean. It's a mild flavored meat, so you have to flavor it well. Pork takes on flavors well, so you can be as creative as you like. I was grilling some pork for dinner recently and rifled through my fridge and pantry looking for ingredients to make a quick glaze. Mustard with pork is always a successful choice with my family, so I started with some Dijon mustard. I added pure maple syrup to tame the spicy mustard a bit, and for the lovely caramelization you get with a sugary ingredient. The glaze seemed to lack body, and needed a bit of fat for browning and juiciness, since the chops were extremely lean. Mayonnaise to the rescue! The chops grilled to a beautiful golden brown in no time, and were flavorful and moist. This glaze would work well with chicken breast cutlets as well.
Maple Mustard Pork Chops
1 to 1 1/2 pounds thin cut boneless pork sirloin chops or loin chops
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup - the real stuff is best, if you have it
1/4 cup mayonnaise (reduced fat is fine, but not fat free)
Combine the three glaze ingredients. Slather the glaze evenly on both sides of the pork chops. Grill chops over medium coals. Grill about 4 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Chops can be cooked under an oven broiler as well. Watch chops carefully as not to burn. Broil on high for 3-4 minutes per side or until a nice golden brown color.