A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Elissa of 17 and Baking. If you haven’t checked out her blog you should run right on over…after you finish reading my post:) I’m still amazed at her wonderful recipes and photography. She has a lot of talent for a seventeen year old. It blows me away. Now back to the giveaway….last week I finally received my gift. A small jar of her homemade Mojito Jelly. Yum! I couldn’t wait to try it. She sent a very sweet letter along with the jelly saying her family enjoyed the jelly on pork, shrimp and crackers with brie. I decided that I couldn’t resist the chance to spread this jelly over a juicy pork steak. I also knew I wanted to grill the pork but that is where I ran into a small problem. My boyfriend and I have a grill but it’s currently stored at his mother house over two hours away. Not really convenient when you want to grill right now. So instead I grabbed my little George Foreman and hoped for the best. I don’t know why I doubted the GF because the pork turned out beautifully. I basted the pork a couple different times while it was cooking and ended up creating a nice flavorful glaze over the pork. The jelly was not overpowering and left just the right amount of mint and lime flavor.
I wasn’t sure what to make as a side with my new pork chops but I settled on a household favorite. Baked brown rice…Alton Brown stlye. Until I found this recipe I didn’t make a lot of rice. I’m one of those people who were not blessed with the ability to make good rice. I always ended up overcooking or under cooking the rice…not good. So the great thing about this recipe is that the rice ends up being perfectly made with very little hassle. Always a plus in my book. I really like the brown rice plain but I’m sure it would take nicely to any added ingredients. Enjoy!!!
Mojito Glazed Pork Steaks:
2 Pork steaks
Heat up grill and baste pork steaks with jelly. A few times during the cooking process baste the pork with more jelly. Pork does not take a long time to cook so make sure to not overcook. It took about seven minutes to completely cook the pork on the George Foreman.
Baked Brown Rice:
1 1/2 C. brown rice
2 1/2 C. water
1 T. butter
1 t. kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the rice into an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
Bring the water, butter, and salt just to a boil in a kettle or covered saucepan. Once the water boils, pour it over the rice, stir to combine, and cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, remove cover and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.
Source: Elissa of 17 and Baking and Alton Brown