I hate when I buy an ingredient, usually a sauce or condiment, for a recipe and then have it sitting in my refrigerator and it's never used again. Molasses is usually one of those ingredients, so I was very happy to find this recipe. My only criticism was that the sauce was a little on the sweet side. Not only did it taste good but it was also super fast and easy. It was perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, March 2008
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
3 cups hot cooked white rice
1. Combine sugar and molasses in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes or until sugar melts, stirring occasionally. Stir in hoisin, vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and garlic; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and keep warm.
2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper over pork. Add pork to pan; cook for 2 minutes on each side or until done. Add pork to hoisin mixture, turning to coat. Serve with rice.
Family Rating: 1 thumb up.