When Al Zangri visited Tucson, he fell in love with the food. Back home, he was inspired to create this dish with Southwestern flavors.
4 center-cut loin pork chops (each about 3/4 in. thick)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1/4 cup (1/8 lb.) butter or margarine
3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1/4 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 to 4 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño chilies
Salt and ground white pepper
How to Make It
Trim and discard fat from chops. Wipe chops with a damp towel, then press cumin seed equally onto wide sides of each piece.
Place a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat. When hot, add 1 teaspoon butter, tilting to coat pan. Add chops; brown well on each side, about 6 minutes total. Stir in garlic.
Remove pan from heat (away from a vent, fan, or inflammables). Stir broth, tequila, and lime juice into pan. Set over high heat. When liquids boil, reduce heat and simmer until meat is no longer pink in center (cut to test), about 4 minutes. Transfer chops to a platter; keep warm.
On high heat, boil pan juices until reduced to 3 to 4 tablespoons, about 2 minutes. Add remaining butter, in a lump, and stir until blended with sauce. Season to taste with chilies. Pour sauce over pork. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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I've made this dish a couple dozen times and it's always wonderful. The only problem is that there never seems to be enough of the sauce. Next time, I'm going to make a double amount of sauce. Any pork cuts work and often a sirloin roast is less expensive than chops. Because of the ease of making this, I often make it for everyday meals to make them special.
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