Sous Vide Garlic Pork Chops – Please Don’t Judge Me!

Garlic Pork Chop Sous Vide (8 of 10)

Please don’t judge me too harshly. This is hardly a recipe at all. It is a testament to great ingredients and a wonderful cooking method, little more. On the criticism front, I admit that I judge people. I know that I shouldn’t. But I do. No mater how morally fortuitous you are, I bet you are also in the ranks of judgers. Picture yourself in the line at the supermarket. The rake-thin woman in front of you has a trolly piled high with overpriced “organic” vegetables and little else apart from some quinoa and Goji berries. Her shop comes to the price of a small electric car. You think about the overspend, the waste of money and how painfully thin she looks. While she roots in her gym bag for a credit card, you look behind. The trolly aft, in the charge of a middle-aged man, with his belly hanging gracefully over his waistband, is laden down with supersize Coke family-value bottles, frozen pizzas, giant sacks of crisps, oven-frys and a few boxes of microwave popcorn. You feel OK about your shop. Yes, there are a few treats but, you are not wasting money on either “organic” veg or “family-value” sugar laden drinks. Admit it, you are judging. It’s very hard not to.

Buying what I needed for this little meal for two left me feeling pretty smug with myself. Look at the ingredients list. No judger could find fault.

Ingredients (for the chops)

  • 2 free range, organic, rare breed pork chops (worth the spend)
  • 2 cloves of top quality garlic
  • A few pinches of Malden salt
  • A few pinches of black pepper

For the Apple and Pomegranate Sauce

  • 2 cooking apples
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

For the Spiced Couscous

  • 200 grammes of couscous
  • 320 ml of good chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Garlic Pork Chop Sous Vide (1 of 10)

Here are the steps to success and to live in no fear of getting adversely judged at home.

Step 1

Sorry for harping on about this but, if you want to successfully cook any meat, you have to start with good quality meat. If you use poor pork, you will end up with a poor dinner. As the old saying goes; “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear”. Get good quality, free range pork, even if it causes a couple of “tut-tuts” from those behind you in the queue.

Step 2

Season it well. I use Malden sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to season these chops. The garlic I got in France, directly from the man who grew it. It is as good as it gets, full of flavour.

Garlic Pork Chop Sous Vide (2 of 10)

Don’t be afraid of the seasoning. Give it plenty.

Step 3

Vacuum seal it in a sous vide bag. I use a roll of bag material and cut to size. I then seal both ends twice (“To be sure, to be sure.” as we say in Ireland.)

Garlic Pork Chop Sous Vide (5 of 10)

Look at those lumps of crushed garlic. They give a lovely flavour.

Step 4

Get your water bath to temperature. I cooked these at 60ºC, giving me a medium rare end result. (There are plenty of guides for cooking meat sous vide. Google it.)

Step 5

Place the meat in the bath. Go away and do something else for however long it takes to cook the meat. I cooked this for an hour and a half.

Step 6

Take the bag out of the bath and cut it open. Pat the meat dry. Remove the pieces of garlic. Heat a frying pan to hot. Add some oil. Fry the chops until brown on both sides. This takes very little time as the meat is already cooked. Keep an eye on them as we don’t want to overcook the meat.

Step 7

Heat the stock to near boiling. Add the spices (except the salt) to the couscous. Add the stock and stir. Leave to cool. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir again. This can be served hot or cold.

Garlic Pork Chop Sous Vide (6 of 10)

Any idiot can make this. It’s so easy. Give it a go.

Peel and slice the apples into a saucepan. Add the sugar and pomegranate seeds. Heat until soft. That’s it.

Apple and pomegranate sauce

They make for a perfect pairing. Apple and pomegranate are lovely together.

These sous vide pork chops will have you judged a success. Sous vide is a great way to cook and has numerous advantages over other cooking methods.

Note the fat layer on the chop. Fat = flavour.

I hope you will probably be a bit more forgiving than I, of others, when you are in the supermarket line. However, I also know that you will judge. Just a little, but you will.

Written by
Latest comments
  • Well, Conor, may I come stand next to you at the checkout please? Promise I won’t look back or suss the trolley in the front, as you know being judgmental comes upon me like a wavelet on occasion also . . . I DO love what you do with couscous and shall definitely make that very, very simple sauce ! Off topic: being subscribed to Eurosport now, am watching the Vuelta as much as I can for the first time. Having only been to Madrid and surrounds I somehow had no idea how beautiful and dramatic some of the Spanish countryside is . . . what a treat just for the geography . . .

  • I admit it, I judge.
    My trolley is full of produce and meat, milk and cheese, scarcely a processed thing to be seen. I’m looking at days of decent food, nothing edible thrown out, just bones and unavoidable packaging (can’t buy olive oil without the bottle…).
    So I’m liking your ‘scarcely a recipe’, because I look at it and know I already have everything I need, bar the pomegranate. More of the same, if you please 🙂

      • I was in there today and saw a vast trolley full of cardboard cow, enough toilet paper for a dysentery ward and about 7 boxes of cornflakes. However, a moment’s thought told me someone from a remote rural station had come in for the once-monthly shopping trip for the family and all the hands… As you so rightly said, we shouldn’t judge.

  • I admit that I judge other people’s shopping carts. I can’t help it. At least you can make a great meal afterward. Now the real challenge: Can you make a similarly great meal using sugar laden family size beverages and snacks? Or would that just be putting a pig in lipstick?

  • I must confess that I too can’t but help look at other people’s shopping trolleys, not so much in judgement, well maybe sometimes, but no more ou of a sense of curiosity! Just what are they going to do with those 3 kg of mixed bell peppers or the similarly large quantity of tuna purchased at the fish counter, or even the 30 large bottles of Irn Bru. Sometimes I ask! More generally I restrain my curiosity but I do wish that I could follow them home and see just what they do with their purchases – I feel there is more great home cooking out there than might be thought (I know that’s being judgemental again!). As for the latest recipe it looks as tasty as ever and the cous cous especially so.

  • You’re absolutely right. It’s hard NOT to look in other people’s carts. It’s terrible here, especially when families are so unhealthy. But your meal looks wonderful, and perfectly shows a few good quality ingredients and a sous vide make magic!

  • Looks gorgeous (and delicious)! On my list to try.

  • I look less at other people’s shopping, but I do judge spelling 😉
    These chops look great and sous vide is the way to go — I would not add oil to the pan but cook them on the fat side first in a fry pan, and then sear the top and bottom in the rendered pork fat for additional pork flavor. For anyone trying this with pork of lesser quality (i.e. leaner) I would recommend a lower sous vide temperature. I like the spiced cous cous.

  • Thank you hugely for the link and I hope many of your readers click on and travel the length. I just pretended I was in the breakaway and kept my eyes on the road: and the ‘rain in Spain’ very definitely did not ‘stay on the plain’ ! And a mild beginning did turn into a bit of a horror story even from a library chair . . . My apologies to all who came on to savour pork chops but Conor knows my passion for the sport he loves so much . . .

  • Oh I do judge when I see a cart full of junk! Not a piece of real food in sight. Not something I get as that stuff can get expensive as well. Besides meals like this are way more appealing.

      • Oh I’m sure! When I shop with my MIL, she thinks I’m crazy for going for the organic and I think she’s crazy for not! On on visit with us she wanted pears, the only ones available were organic and she didn’t get them even though I was buying. 😄

  • Wow Conor, I must say that this looks really good

Join the conversation, you know you want to....

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: