Thank you Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes for sponsoring this post. Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes are real potatoes, real easy, delivering homemade taste on demand.
Spring is in the air (well almost), and if you happen to live in a cooler climate as Jackie and I do, spring cannot get here quickly enough. This winter has not been brutal if you measure it by the amount of snow we received, but it has felt brutal because of the cold temperatures and the amount of wind that has been swirling in the air. One reason we love spring is that we can get out and use the grill much more often than we do during the cold winters. Fortunately, we have a grill pan that sits on top of the stove, and we used it to create these Korean Glazed Pork Chops, served with mashed potatoes of course. The key to any recipe is to start with fresh ingredients, and that is what I try to do as often as I can. However, life gets in the way, and sometimes there is not enough time to peel potatoes, boil them, and mash them in time to serve a hungry family. This is when Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes come to the rescue. Idahoan Mashed Potatoes are made from 100% real Idaho® potatoes and ready in just minutes. They offer a homemade taste and texture that our family loves. The variety that we really enjoy is the Butter and Herb, since it brings just the right amount of seasoning to the mix. The beauty of the line of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes is that they are a perfect side dish for just about any entrée and the best part is that they can be easily prepared in just a few minutes.
We love to experiment with flavors, which is why we created a Korean-inspired glaze especially for this pork chop. It makes excellent use of fresh ingredients, and it puts a unique spin on a traditional American meal. The Idahoan Mashed Potatoes are a great vessel to soak up the extra sauce that is left on the plate from the pork chop. These Korean Glazed Pork Chops may sound intimidating because of some of the unfamiliar ingredients, but thankfully they are all readily available at most grocery stores. Make sure you ask if you are unable to find some of the items, like sesame oil or Gojuchang (a fermented soybean paste with a subtle smokiness and a mild heat). When this is combined with a little sugar, honey, and juice from freshly squeezed oranges, this dish has flavors that are out of this world (it is even good drizzled over the mashed potatoes)! When served with a vegetable side, this makes for a complete and well-balanced meal for the whole family. We chose the Butter and Herb variety Idahoan Mashed Potatoes to complement this recipe, but they are also available in a variety of delicious flavors: Buttery Homestyle®, Bacon & Cheddar Chipotle, Roasted Garlic, Four Cheese, and Buttery Golden Selects.
- 2 8 oz French bone-in pork chops
- ¼ C light soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp Gojuchang paste
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½-1 tsp crushed red pepper (heat to taste)
- ½ C fresh orange juice
- In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients for sauce and heat over medium-low heat, stirring often until thickened like BBQ sauce.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Grill Pork chops until they reach an internal temperature of 135° (cooking time will depend on thickness of chops).
- Spread sauce on chops and continue to cook, flipping often to prevent sauce from burning. Cook until chop reaches an internal temperature of 145°.
- Remove from grill and allow chops to rest 3 minutes before cutting.
- Serve with Idahoan Mashed Potatoes and steamed green beans.