Mombacho Café Pork Chops

Equipment :

Wide shallow cast iron sauté pan or other oven-proof, heavy-bottomed skillet, Kitchen tongs



  • Season pork generously with kosher salt and Mombacho Café.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • For the compound butter, soften butter at room temperature or microwave for 10 seconds.
  • Mix with vinegar, Mombacho Café and honey; set aside.
  • Heat skillet with oil to medium high heat.
  • Pat off excess moisture and press chops into pan for even cooking. Sear for 2–3 minutes on one side.
  • Flip and oven bake for 5 minutes.
  • Return chops to stovetop over low heat, add compound butter and baste for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes, uncovered.
  • Serve over pea purée with asparagus; sprinkle the top with crispy shallots.
  • Arrange asparagus around plate.
  • Top with Crispy Shallots

Things to remember

  • Seasoning chops the day before ensures the salt is absorbed into the center of the chop rather than just the outside
  • The spices will not be absorbed into the center of the meat, but will penetrate the outer layer which will not only give the chop more flavor, but will keep the spices from burning when you sear
  • Patting off the excess moisture helps to caramelize the surface of the pork
  • Be careful not to overheat the pan, as this will burn the spices
  • Resting the meat allows the protein fibers to relax and retain the succulent juices

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