No. 1 : Quick Recipe
Blueberry Chutney for Dinner off the Grill
- 4 (5 Oz) Boneless Pork Chops
- 1 Recipe Brine*
- 1/3 Cup Syrah/Shiraz
- 2 TB Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 TB Sugar
- 1 TB Fresh Lime Juice
- 2 ½ Cups Blueberries
- 1 Jalepeno, Seeded and Minced
- ¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro
- 1 TB Chopped Mint
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Sea Salt
- 2 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
The night before – or at least 30 minutes before you plan to grill your ribs, brine your chops. Up to an hour, leave them on the counter, any longer than that pop into the fridge.
Make the chutney by adding the syrah, vinegar, sugar and lime juice to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat, add the blueberries, mashing some of them into the liquid. Stir in the jalepeno, cilantro and mint and set aside while you cook your chops.
Brush the chops with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook the chops over medium high on a well oiled grill, a grill pan or in a cast iron skillet until they have an interior temperature of 145F. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow the juices to reabsorb. Top each chop with blueberry chutney and serve.
No. 2 : Kitchen Scoop
*Brining proteins adds moisture through osmosis. Here’s an easy brine for chicken or pork:
- 2 TB Table Salt
- 2 TB Sugar
- 1 QT Water
Stir the sugar and salt into the water until it dissolves. Place in a 2 gallon ziplock bag, or large bowl. Submerge the pork or chicken in the liquid. Brine for at least 30 minutes up to 8 hours.
No. 3 : Clever Idea
Not a fan of pork? This chutney tastes great on a chicken breast, white fish or even tofu!
No. 4 : Wine FIND of the Week
Henry’s H Drive Shiraz
Padthaway, South Australia
Yes, you can find Australian Shiraz at a price less than this one, but if you’re game, Henry’s is a fun one to try! Made in South Australia’s town of Padthaway, this shiraz is from a winery named in admiration of the 19th century mail coach that once drove through the property. I’ve found all their different wines to be consistently high quality and value. Extremely aromatic and flavorful, you’ll notice blueberries and spice when you enjoy it – super with summer off the grill