Adventures in Cooking- pork chops a l’orange (recipe in progress)

The recipe: 

    • 1 TBSP orange zest
    • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
    • 4-6 pork chops (1/2″ thick)
    • 1/4 tsp basil
    • 1/4 cup OJ
    • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
    • salt/Adobo for pork chops
    • 1 TBSP olive oil

Heat oil in skillet, add orange peel and chopped onion.  Sautee until onion is just tender.  Remove onion and orange peel and set aside.  Place chops in skillet and brown on each side. 
Add 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup orange liqueur, and 1/4 tsp of basil to pork chops; cover and simmer for 8-10 min.  Remove pork chops and set on serving platter, add the other 1/4 cup of orange liqueur to the skillet, bring sauce to a vigorous simmer, and light with a match (carefully).  Pour sauce over pork chops and add sautéed onion and orange zest on top. 
Well, that’s how it’s supposed to go anyway, and it is DELICIOUS.  I made it according to the recipe the first time I tried this about 2 months ago; we loved it.  The only problem was the sauce was too liquid, and we wished it were thicker so it would actually cover our pork chops and stick to the fork a little.  We wound up dabbing bread in it to sop it all up. 

So, this time instead of pouring the flambéed sauce onto the chops, I poured into a small sauce pan and added cornstarch to thicken it up; great idea right?  wrong.  The cornstarch would not go in homogeneously and made a clumpy slimy mess out of the sauce.  All the while, the pork chops got cold as I tried to work the cornstarch into the sauce while heating up in the small saucepan.  Ultimatley, it looked more like a glaze than a gravy (oops).  Maybe I should have used flour instead.  It tasted fantastic, not too sweet, just right.  We also made some white asparagus and Cati whipped up some aioli as a topper.  Ah well, the dish needs work, but I’ll get this recipe down.  Got any tips?

 step 1

keep going



tasty but ugly

 Until next time.


2 Responses to “Adventures in Cooking- pork chops a l’orange (recipe in progress)”

  1. Cati says:

    Thanks for a delicious dinner, mi amoruchi! I know you were not pleased with how it came out, but I thought it was very tasty. This time was better than last, and next time you make it will be even better :)


  2. Caterina says:


    I posted the message above and didn’t realize it would show up under your name…

    Oh well-