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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

San Francisco Pork Chops

 Last year, Dexter participated in the Aksarben Calf Challenge and we met the Kraus family while in the cattle barn.  We have stayed in touch throughout the year and this year Avery is participating in the Pig Challenge which brand new this year.  I will let her tell you more about it.-KFM

Hi there. My name is Avery Kraus. I am 16 years old and a sophomore at Friend High School in Friend, Nebraska. I am involved in 4-H, FFA, basketball, volleyball, and softball. 

I breed, raise, and show cattle and swine. This year I have three swine projects and two  breeding heifers. One of my swine projects this year is named Dexter. I received Dexter through the Aksarben Pig Challenge where you receive a free barrow, raise, feed, show it, and sell it back to Aksarben in September. 


   

Did you know that pork is the most consumed meat in the world? The United States is third in global pork production, producing around 13.18 million metric tons in 2019. Over 120 million hogs are slaughtered annually in the United States. Pork production in the United States has an estimated $23.4 billion of gross output per year. Around 26% of the 2.2 million metric tons of pork and pork products produced are exported to other countries. Pigs consume billions of bushels of grain and oilseeds each year providing an income for our farmers across the nation. The United States pork producers continue to lead agriculture in new technologies and have achieved record-high productivity. Even though the breeding herd has been reduced by 50 percent, the breeding output has doubled in the last 30 years. 

   


San Francisco Pork Chops 


For 4 servings you will need:

  • 4 pork chops

  • 1 Tbsp. oil 

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Sauce:

  • 2 tsp. oil

  • 4 Tbsp. dry sherry or broth

  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce

  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar

  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper 

  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

  • 2 Tbsp. water 


Preparation: 

  1. Trim pork chops of fat.

  2. Heat oil in a skillet. Brown chops on both sides.

  3. Remove and add more oil if needed. 

  4. Saute garlic for a minute, being careful not to burn it.

  5. Combine oil, sherry or broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper. 

  6. Place chops in skillet. Pour sauce over them and cover tightly. 

  7. Simmer over low heat until chops are tender and cooked through, 30-35 minutes. Add a little water, 1-2 Tbsp if needed to keep sauce from cooking down too much. Turn once. 

  8. Remove chops to platter. Stir in cornstarch dissolved in water. Cook until thick.

  9. Pour over chops and serve. 


Tips:

Boneless pork loin chops can be used. Trim fat and pound to a ¼  inch thickness. Cooking takes only 20 minutes. 


Good served with:

Thn spaghetti or noodles tossed with butter and sauce, or over a bed of rice.

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