I wanted to grill some pork chops since I got a new charcoal grill (more on this later) but wanted to serve a stuffing with it. The stuffings I typically make all have some kind of bread or starch in them, which doesn’t quite fit into the Mister’s eating requirements. So I got creative and according to the Mister, this one is a winner and if I hadn’t mentioned that it was gluten- and grain-free as well as Paleo friendly, no one would even think twice about it. Please don’t let the fact this is Paleo friendly keep you from trying it, especially if you like cauliflower. I’m not a huge vegetable person but this was really really good. The recipe is for 2 people but can be doubled (or tripled, etc.) easily.
Pork Chops Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (can use granulated or brown suger)
- 1 quart warm water
- 2 (1-inch thick) bone-in rib loin chops or pork chops
In large bowl of container, whisk together salt, sugar and water until sugar and salt dissolves. Let cool. I stick a handful of ice cubes in it to speed it along. Add pork chops and cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove the chops and dry well with paper towels.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. You can season the chops with freshly ground black pepper if you like. Drizzle a bit of olive oil to both sides of chops. Grill chops for 6-9 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Remove chops and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Cauliflower Stuffing Ingredients:
- 1 slice of bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 garlic, minced
- 1/2 head of cauliflower, slice florets into 1/4 thickness
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary leaves
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped sage leaves
- 1 heaping tablespoon coconut flour (can also use almond flour, or bread crumbs for those not on gluten-free diets)
- 1/8 cup dried cranberries (optional but it’s really good with it!)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
- Freshly ground black pepper
In a large skillet, fry the bacon on medium heat until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic, saute for 3 minutes with the bacon. Add rosemary, sage and cauliflower, saute for 2 minutes until the herbs are fragrant. Add coconut flour and 1/4 cup of broth, bring to boil and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occassionally, until the cauliflower is tender but still a bit firm, about 5 more minutes or so. Remove from heat and check for seasoning, add salt and ground black pepper as needed. Mix in dried cranberries and serve hot.
Side Note: We’ve (I’ve) been grilling quite a bit lately. But since I now really enjoy grilling with charcoal, I’ve been using my Weber smoker as a make shift grill. Not too bad but not the most convenient. So about a month ago, I asked the Mister if I could get a Weber charcoal kettle grill, kind of as an early Mother’s Day present. Yes, I consider myself a mom. My kids might have twice as many legs as other parents and more fur on their body, but they know me as “Mommy.” In reality, I don’t really need to find excuses to get a present. I just ask for it, and in most cases, he would say go ahead. Anyway, back to the story.
I had wanted a Weber One Touch Gold kettle in blue but after doing some bargain hunting (which I do for just about everything), I had the opportunity to get a Weber Performer for $80 less than street price, no tax, no shipping cost. The only catch is that it only came in black, not blue, or green or the beautiful red that I’ve seen. But for $80 less, I was able to buy a cover for it and a new set of extra long tongs. And black matched my Smokey Mountain Smoker. How awesome was that? Granted that this baby is almost twice as much as what the OTG kettle but there were some features that the Performer has that makes it so nice! First and foremost for me, the lid holder. What an awesome thing that is. Then there’s the gas lighter. No need for the chimney or newspaper or lighter cubes. However I had to say that I really love those little lighter cubes. Anyway, it comes with the extra work table which is the second best feature. The charcoal bin is pretty darn convenient, too. There are other features that just make it really worth the extra money for me to get it. And it cooks like a dream! So that’s my new toy. Oh yeah, one more thing, not only is this grill awesome, you can’t beat Weber’s customer service. I can’t say enough about them like so many other Weber fans. I have no affiliation with them but I can tell you from experience that they stand behind their products, all their products no matter how small or cheap. I just wished more companies treated their customers and stood behind their products like Weber does.
So that’s it for now. I’ll be grilling on this baby every chance I get. Summer IS just around the corner and for us in San Diego, it’s aways grilling season!