Blackberry Basil Pork Chops
As the blackberries start to ripen and the summer comes to a close, normally we harvest the blackberries and freeze them to use for pies in the winter. But since my hands are already stained purple, I might as well see what else we can cook with these!
Every single year we raise our own pigs, so our freezers are packed full of cuts that take us forever to get through. Pork chops line the shelves and take up a ton of space (about 25lbs worth of ‘chops).
So do you think a sweet and savory pork chop would turn out pretty well? You bet your sweet ham hocks it does!
In this Blackberry Basil Pork Chop recipe, we used all the flavors from our garden and home to create the recipe. If you don't grow your own food, then feel free to pick up the items you need at the store!
About the Ingredients in Blackberry Basil Pork Chops
Blackberries: Blackberries are packed full of Vitamin C, which is great for your immune system, skin, and wounds. They also have a decent amount of manganese which is great for collagen production!
Basil: Basil is a great anti-inflammatory herb that many of us already keep in our kitchens! It also is rich in antioxidants, and can help to reduce excess blood sugar.
Balsamic Vinegar: Balsamic Vinegar is a great stimulant for your digestive juices. It can help you to fully digest the proteins in the Blackberry Basil Pork Chops so you can reap the full nutritional benefits from this meal!
How to Make Blackberry Basil Pork Chops
This recipe can take a little bit of time because of having to simmer the pork chops in the blackberry mixture. But, it is totally worth it in the end!
Start by blending up the blackberry mixture in a blender of your choice. I let mine blend for about 90 seconds so the blackberry seeds were broken up nicely.
Next, brown the pork chops in your stainless steel skillet. Since you are using stainless steel, make sure to be generous with your oil use so you don't burn the pan.
Finally, you will simmer the pork chops with the blended mixture until the internal temp of the pork chops reach 145 degrees! At that point, your meal will be ready to eat!
Blackberry Basil Pork Chops
- Once the oil is hot (but not smoking), add the pork chops. Salt and pepper the pork chops to your liking. Brown the pork chops on each side for 3-5 minutes, then remove the pork chops from the skillet. Remove the skillet from the heat for a few minutes to let it cool.
- Add the blended mixture to the skillet, and set on low heat. Mix the mixture with the himalayan salt and the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Once the mixture starts to bubble, add the pork chops back to the pan.
- Turn the heat back up to medium, and continue to cook the pork chops until the internal temperature is 145°. Make sure to flip the pork chops every couple of minutes so each side cooks evenly.
- Serve with the mixture spooned over the top of the pork chops!