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Pork in Lemon Juice & Herb Marinade & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I hope you aren’t getting tired of seeing dishes I’ve made from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It’s actually quite addicting once you get started. I’m continuously surprised by how delicious each recipe has been, and even more so, I’m pleased that this book uses ingredients that I have readily available. The best part? I’ve learned that French cooking methods really do bring out the flavors of the different meats and vegetables that I’ve tried, and the sauces… oh the sauces! I may never open another can of gravy as long as I live. :) 
So the other night I really wanted to try one of the marinades for pork. I recently bought half a pig and have lots of pork chops and pork steaks in the freezer. Pork chops are a tricky thing. You have to make sure you cook them enough as undercooked pork has been linked to illness. Yet you don’t want to overcook pork as you’ll end up with a piece of dry tasteless cardboard that no one will enjoy. Well let me tell you, these are probably some of the best pork chops I have ever eaten. Juicy, delicious and full of flavor. 
I have to admit, I was skeptical about the marinade. Just seemed that there weren’t enough ingredients to truly make it flavorful. Why am I still second guessing the master? It wouldn’t have been in the book if it wasn’t fabulous, after all. :) 
Now what to pair with the pork chops? There’s mention of Garlic Mashed Potatoes several times in the book. It’s a bit shocking when you first read the recipe as it takes two entire bulbs of garlic to make this dish! However, Julia goes on to say that while that might seem like a lot, the method for cooking it simply provides a wonderfully mellow flavor that works perfectly. She couldn’t have been more right. These potatoes are dreamy!
Lemon Juice and Herb Marinade
[Marinade Simple]
For chops, steaks and small, boned roasts. 
(ingredients per one pound of pork)
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
3 parsley sprigs
1/4 tsp thyme or sage
1 bay leaf
1 clove of mashed garlic
Rub salt and pepper into the meat. 
Mix the other ingredients in a bowl, add the pork and baste it. Place a lid over the bowl. Turn and baste the meat 3 or 4 times during its marination period. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, 6-12 are even better (chops). 
For loin roasts, 6-24 hours, and for fresh hams and picnic shoulders, 2 -5 days.
Before cooking, scrape off the marinade and dry the meat thoroughly with paper towels. Julia repeats throughout the entire book that meat needs to be dried off before cooking or it will not brown properly.
As you can see, I placed my marinated pork in a plastic zipper bag and placed it into the refrigerator. I left it in there all day, then removed it about an hour before cooking to bring the meat back to room temperature. 
To cook the chops, add 3-4 tablespoons of canola oil to a heavy bottomed skillet. Be sure you have dried off the chops with paper towels. 

Heat the oil until it is almost smoking, then add the chops. Let the chops cook for 3-4 minutes, then turn to cook the other side. 
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
[Puree de Pommes de Terre a L'ail]
Julia notes that while these seems like a lot of garlic don’t be tempted to reduce the amount of you will regret it. The long cooking time removes the harsh strength of the garlic leaving a pleasant flavor. The garlic sauce and the potatoes should be combined at the last minute, right before serving, as the puree loses its nice consistency if it sits too long over heat.
2 heads of garlic, about 30 cloves
3-4 cup heavy bottomed saucepan with cover
4 tbsp butter
Cook the garlic slowly with the butter in the covered saucepan for about 20 minutes or until very tender but not browned (mine was around 16 minutes).
Now you need:
2 tbsp flour
1 cup boiling milk
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of pepper
a sieve and wooden spoon, or an electric blender
Blend in the flour and stir over low heat until it froths with the butter for 2 minutes without browning. 

Off heat, beat in the boiling milk and seasonings. Boil, stirring, for 1 minute.

Rub the sauce through a sieve or puree it in the electric blender. Simmer for 2 minutes more.
 
You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Dot top of sauce with bits of butter to keep a skin from forming, then reheat when needed.
Next you will need:
2 1/2 lbs baking potatoes
a potato ricer (I used a masher)
2 1/2 quart enameled saucepan
wooden spatula or spoon
4 tbsp softened butter
salt and white pepper
Peel and quarter the potatoes. Drop in boiling salted water to cover, and boil until tender. Drain immediately and put through a potato ricer. Place the hot puree in the saucepan and beat with the spatula or spoon for several minutes over moderate hear to evaporate the moisture. As soon as the puree begins to form a film at the bottom of the pan, remove from heat and beat in butter a tablespoon at a time. Beat in salt and pepper to taste.
Now measure out:
3-4 tbsp whipping cream
4 tbsp minced parsle
Also, have at the ready, a hot, lightly buttered vegetable dish. 
Shortly before serving, beat the hot garlic sauce vigorously into the potatoes. Beat in the cream by spoonfuls but do not thin out too much. Beat in the parsley. Correct seasoning and turn into hot vegetable dish.
Bon Appetit!
Me

21 Responses to Pork in Lemon Juice & Herb Marinade & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. 1
    Bunny says:

    Hi Amanda!! You are absolutely right about pork chops, you don't want them to dry out or be fried hard but you don't want to have to worry that they aren't cooked either. Your pork chops look PERFECT!! I have to try this marinate!! I can't believe the hospital sent your brother home after heart surgery!! Do they think people are super heros or what!!!

  2. 2
    Finsmom says:

    I love your step by step pics :) Yum!

  3. 3
    Chow and Chatter says:

    this looks great and simple often is the best

  4. 4
    Barbara Bakes says:

    I'm definitely not tired of these recipes! It sounds divine!

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    Frieda says:

    Pork AND garlic mashed potatoes?!? I'm sold!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    That looks great!

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    Kaitlin says:

    This looks like an awesome dinner. Those potatoes look divine!!

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    Jennifer says:

    That looks all perfect! What a great Julia inspired dinner!! :)

  9. 9
    Debbie says:

    I am so curious now about Julia Child's book…never read or even looked at it before. The recipes sound great. Love the mashed potatoes…

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    tastestopping says:

    In the midst of my daily work (visiting blogs, yeah!), I saw this recipe. As luck would have it, I have a pork loin waiting in the fridge for dinner tonight. I will only have about 5 hours to marinate it (unless I let it soak overnight and pull something else out of my hat for tonight), but I still think it will be perfect. So glad I stopped by!

    Best,
    Casey

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    Ash says:

    gotta love the lemon addition! looks fab!

  12. 12
    Talita says:

    Looks so tasteful! Great step-by-step!

  13. 13
    5 Star Foodie says:

    These are perfectly cooked pork chops! Great tip to pat them dry. I love this flavorful marinade!

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    Melody says:

    I just got my copy of MTAOFC from Amazon and can't wait to try some of these recipes!

    I wanted to mention something I saw recently on an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown. It was an episode on pork and he was talking about undercooking pork and basically said that with better feeds being used that Trichinosis has become extremely rare in the US and usually only results from eating wild game. So while no one wants to eat raw pork, you don't have to cook it to death either. I had no clue so thought I'd pass the info along. :)

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    Barb, sfo says:

    Tried the pork chops today–they were AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe. It's a keeper :)

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    Barb, sfo says:

    Trying these chops on the grill tonight.

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    The Omnivore says:

    I just stumbled across your website and, I must say, that marinade was fantastic! My butcher didn’t have nice pork chops so I marinated a rib-eye steak for myself and some extra-firm tofu for my partner. Yum!

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