Korean-Spiced Pork Chops & Slaw

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Korean-Spiced Pork Chops & Slaw

Chili powder and garlic, both of which star in Korean cuisine, season grilled pork chops and a cool, tangy slaw. If you can find Korean chili powder use it, otherwise conventional chili powder is fine.

Yield: 4 servings, 1 pork chop & 1 1/2 cups slaw each
Active Time: 35
Total Time: 35

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 3 small cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 4 radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-3/4 inch thick (about 2 pounds), trimmed

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Whisk vinegar, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 teaspoons chili powder, sugar, fish sauce (or soy sauce) and cayenne (if using) in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, radishes and scallions; toss to coat.
  3. Place the remaining garlic on a cutting board; sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder and salt. Mash into a paste with the side of a chef’s knife. Combine the paste and the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a small bowl. Rub both sides of pork chops with the paste.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the pork chops, turning once, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve the chops with the slaw.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 304
fat 17 g (4 g sat, 9 g mono)
cholesterol 67 mg
carbohydrates 8 g
protein 29 g
fiber 3 g
sodium 356 mg
potassium 715 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (41% daily value), Vitamin C (37% dv), Potassium (21% dv), Folate & Zinc (18% dv)

Carbohydrate Serving 1/2

Exchanges 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell May/June 2012