Smoky Bacon Pork Chops

Smoky Bacon Pork Chops

with Sweet Pepper & Cucumber Salad

Serves 2 Calories 451

Ingredients

2 Pork Chops
3 oz. Bacon
1 Small Yellow Onion
5 Sweet Peppers (4 oz)
1 Kirby Cucumber
4 Mint Leaves
2 Sprigs Thyme
1/8 t. Sriracha
1 T. White Wine Vinegar
2 oz. Pepper Jack Cheese
2 t. Mesquite Seasoning
Protein Substitutions
Chicken Breast
Prepare as for pork chops and cook in pan 3-4 minutes per side until almost done. Continue recipe.

Mahi-Mahi
Prepare as for pork chops, but cook in pan 3-4 minutes per side until almost done. Continue recipe.

Vegan Bacon
Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook 2-3 minutes per side and continue recipe as written

Turkey Bacon
No changes, follow recipe as written
Tempeh
Boil tempeh 10 minutes in water/broth then season with mesquite and sear 2 minutes per side over medium-high. Continue recipe as written.

Portobello
Preheat oven to 400° F. Use a damp cloth to clean the tops, then remove the stem and gills from the mushrooms. Brush with olive oil and season with salt, pepper. Place in the oven gills up and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Add the cheese and bacon mixture during the last 5 minutes
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Prepare Your Ingredients
Wash and dry your produce.
Preheat your oven or toaster oven broiler on high.
Line a baking pan with foil.
Remove seeds from sweet peppers and thinly slice into ¼” pieces.
Peel and cut the cucumber (half if large) into ½” thick half moons.
Roughly chop the mint leaves.
Place cucumbers, sweet peppers, mint, and white wine vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside.
Thinly slice ½ the yellow onion into half moons.
Roughly chop the bacon.

Cook the Onions and Bacon
Heat a large pan, over medium heat.
Add the bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the onions and thyme leaves (pinch the stems between your index and thumb and pull down to remove).
Cook tossing occasionally until bacon is cooked through and onions are tender and browned; 6-8 minutes.
Transfer onion & bacon mixture to a paper towel covered bowl to drain fat and set aside to cool down a bit.
Set pan aside keeping a little bacon fat in the pan.
Remove paper towel from bowl and mix the pepper jack cheese and desired sriracha in with the bacon.
Taste and season with a little salt and pepper mixing well to combine.

Finish the Salad
Sason the cucumber and sweet peppers with salt and pepper to taste.
Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Season and Cook the Pork
Pat the pork chops dry then rub with a little olive oil and season with mesquite seasoning on both sides.
Heat the same pan used to cook the bacon, over medium-high heat.
Cook the pork chops for about 3 minutes per side or until almost cooked through (if pan dries add a bit of oil).
Transfer the chops to the prepared baking pan.
Spread the cheese and bacon mixture over the pork chops.
Place in the oven until the toppings just start to brown; 3 - 4 minutes.

Plating
Place a pork chop on each dish and serve the salad on the side and enjoy!