Beautiful center-cut boneless pork chops were on sale this week. I marinated them, grilled them and served them with leeks, shallots and endive done on the grill in a foil packet. I also served thick slices of tomato with fresh mozzarella done under the broiler.
For the marinade, I used a shallot vinaigrette. Then, I sauteed shiitake mushrooms in a little olive oil. I like to use my marinades as a finishing sauce. I know lots of chefs say to discard the marinade. As long as you bring the marinade to a boil, you are not in any danger of poisoning yourself. So, I used the shallot vinaigrette marinade. I brought it to a boil and then cooked it until it had reduced to a nice thickness. I added the sauteed mushrooms and dressed the grilled pork chops with the sauce. It was delicious.
For the grilled vegetables, I used the foil packet method. I use the extra wide foil so you can make a bigger packet. I doubled it over to make it stronger. I piled up leeks, shallots, and endive that I had cut in half. I drizzled a little olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I squeezed a little fresh lemon juice on the vegetables to give them a bright flavor. I decided to include a few thin slices of lemon in the packet for show. In retrospect, I would not do the lemon slices in the packet again. They became bitter and caused the vegetables to be a little bitter. Next time will garnish the grilled vegetables with the lemon slices after the vegetables have been cooked. The dish is really gorgeous and smells fabulous. Try it for a nice change of pace.
For dessert, I made a light and cool chocolate Mousse. Mum loves dessert and she especially loves chocolate. So this dessert was a big hit. It is so simple to make. Check out the recipe.