UPC’s Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops With Baked Vegetables
The dark, rich flavor of the cocoa soaks in to the red meat leaving the flavor of the meal rich with cocoa. Combining the rich, deep earthy aromas of the Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops with the baked vegetables is a great way to brighten the meal, filling out the flavor profile of the dish and maximizing enjoyment!
I love cocoa, chocolate, and using cocoa nibs in all sorts of things from coffee to baked vegetables to steak. I’ve had some seriously good meals with my Cocoa Steak recipe, and it’s been was a hit when I first posted it. Somehow I missed the whole chocolate-covered bacon craze, who knows how, and didn’t make the Cocoa Steak with pork chops. I know, it’s a clear-cut case of gross negligence on my part, right? I hope you all can forgive me…
UPC’s Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops with Baked Vegetables; What you’ll need:
- Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops:
- 1 lb Pork Chops
- 4 tablespoons Cocoa Nibs
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- Spices: Turmeric, Sea Salt
- Optional Spices: Pepper, Nutmeg, Chile Powder, Paprika, Pepper Corn
- Baked Vegetables:
- Favorite fibrous veggies; I recommend:
- Sweet Potato (but not when it’s in the beef)
- Mushrooms (white, crimini, any)
- Plantains (sweet, green, or both)
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- Optional Spices: Sea Salt, Pepper, Turmeric
Prep and cook time: 75 minutes
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
2. Oil a baking pan with the coconut oil, then distribute the veggies evenly in the baking pan and put them in the oven. Stir every 20 minutes.
Note: if you’re adding spices, do it now.
3. As soon as the vegetables are in the oven, put the pork chops in a pan on medium-low heat (about 3 out of 10).
4. Spread the cocoa nibs across the pork chops evenly before sprinkling on the turmeric, and add the coconut oil to the middle of the pork chops.
Note: I like cocoa nibs a lot; but this meal can be done effectively with about half as many.
5. Cover the Cocoa Slow-Cooked Pork Chops for cooking. Stir the veggies every 20 minutes.
6. Once it’s time for dinner: serve, and enjoy!
- Have you ever had cocoa or chocolate with your meat?
- Have you ever had cocoa or chocolate with your veggies?
- Would you prefer cocoa nibs or cocoa powder?
- Have you tried a meal like this with some pepper, paprika, or pepper corn? Would you?
- Have you tried the Cocoa Steak recipe?
- What kinds of hearty, rich out-of-the-ordinary meals do you look forward to?