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Here’s your answer to an infinitely flavourful yet quick and easy, 30 minute meal! These Pan Fried Five Spice Pork and Peaches are made with Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork Chops and flavoured with the sweet and spicy notes of Asian five-spice powder.
I’m not alone in feeling this way, but those days when I look up at the clock (technically, I just look at the time on my cell phone or on the computer, but it feels more… timeless to say clock, don’t you think?) and realize oh crap, I have to make dinner now – always seem to sneak up on me. I mean I just had lunch and now I’m hungry all over again and I have to make dinner?? That can’t be fair, right?
So while resisting the urge to call Mr K and ask him to bring take out, I just pull out my list of fast prep, easy and delicious 30 minute meal ideas that I have up my sleeve for those days. No matter how much I cook, and how much I love to cook, I’m always pleasantly surprised when something this delicious, this exquisite, comes together in less than 30 minutes and just like that, I’ve got dinner and it’s a home run! And these Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops make that job even easier!
This Pan Fried Five Spice Pork and Peaches with a side salad absolutely drips with flavour. I mean, just look at it, you could just about imagine those flavours running through the meat, dousing it with those great Asian flavours, and the fleshy, juicy, sweet peaches rounding it all out. Or is that just me? Maybe I do need that break Mr K has been suggesting for me for a while now. Make this Five Spice Pork and Peaches, and I guarantee you will add this to your rotation right away! 🙂
While I’ve got nothing against take out or freezer meals (they serve a vital purpose and there’s a reason why they exist), I know I can do so much better with fresh wholesome ingredients and with this five spice pork recipe, I can get it all done in less time than it takes for one episode of Big Bang Theory. And I also want to switch things up a little every now and then, add some tasty variety to our weekday dinners, and that’s where these Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops come in handy!
Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork has a variety of pork cuts that’ll suit your needs. And we buy Smithfield® regularly because these products are naturally tender and juicy without added steroids, hormones or artificial ingredients. What I really love about these Smithfield® products is that these pork chops are perfect for quick 30 minute weekday meals, and can be cooked in a number of ways – grilled, roasted, sauteed, to name a few.
You can find Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork in your local Walmart store, in the fresh meat/pork section.
My hubs is a big fan of pork and his favourite way to eat pork is actually this Spicy Sri Lankan Black Pork Curry – a spicy curry with fantastic flavours and made with Sri Lankan roasted curry powder and tamarind. I make that curry using bone-in or boneless pork chops. But a good curry does take a little bit of time. My solution to that is this pan fried, Asian five spice pork!
Asian five spice powder is a powerhouse of flavour that will instantly perk up your dishes with amazing Asian flavours and is great for quick and easy meals. It’s a blend of five spices (obviously) that’s used extensively in Asian cooking. You can get the ready made five spice powder from any supermarket, but if you wanted to put it together yourself, here’s what you’ll need –
These spices go really well with a greasy meat like pork. Star anise, fennel seeds and cinnamon yield sweet notes, while the cloves and Szechwan pepper introduce a warm, spicy heat that works like magic in a pan fried pork dish. If you’re making the spice blend yourself, you can mix equal amounts of all five spices together or use more of one or another to enhance a particular flavour profile that you like.
While the Five Spice Pork is really delicious on it’s own…those peaches… my god those peaches! I’m actually salivating right now, thinking about ’em. The sultry spices and the heat of this five spice powder work SO well with the sweet, fresh flavours of ripe peaches. And by pan frying them in the same pan after cooking the pork, not only are you enhancing the naturally sweet flavour of peaches, you’re also adding the pork flavour and a touch of five spice powder to them too.
You can use boneless or bone-in pork chops for this recipe. Bone-in pork chops will take a little longer than boneless, but either way, I generally always use a meat thermometer to make sure the meat is cooked perfectly. With the varying thickness of different cuts of pork, the only fool-proof way to make sure your pork is cooked properly is with a meat thermometer, so that’s certainly a worthwhile investment for the future, if you don’t already own one.
That being said, these Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork cook very quickly and it’s perfect for these Pan Fried Five Spice Pork chops. These chops were about 1 cm thick, and they only took 2-3 minutes per side on medium-high heat to reach an internal temp. of 165°F.
- 4 Smithfield All Natural Fresh Boneless Pork Chops
- Generous 1 tsp of five spice powder
- Salt and pepper
- Oil to drizzle
- 4 peaches, sliced into wedges
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Generous pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp unflavoured oil
- Romaine lettuce
- Red bell pepper, sliced
- Slivered almonds
- Lemon juice
- Heat a cast iron pan (or nonstick pan) to medium high heat and drizzle it with the oil.
- Next, drizzle some oil on both sides of each pork chop and evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper and the five spice powder.
- Rub the spices into the pork chops well and set aside.
- Place the peaches in a bowl and add the garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, sugar and pepper and toss to combine.
- When the pan is heated, place the boneless pork chops in it (they should sizzle! If not, the pan is not hot enough and you should increase the heat).
- Cook the pork chops, 2 - 3 minutes per side, until the surface is seared, caramelized and the internal temperature reads 165°F on a meat thermometer.
- Remove the pork chops from the pan and cover them and let them rest.
- Place the peaches in the same pan (on medium high heat) and pan fry the peaches for about 6 minutes, flipping them over once after the 3 minute mark.
- Once the peaches have caramelized and slightly softened, transfer them to a plate, place the cooked pork chops on top.
- Serve with a simple side salad of Romaine lettuce, bell pepper and slivered almonds. Squeeze some lemon juice or a salad dressing of your choice on top just before serving.
Check out these amazing Smithfield Curried Mango Pork Chops for another great dinner idea!
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