Adobo is a sauce or paste used as a seasoning for meats, seafood or poultry typically in Philippine and Mexican cooking. This easy yet tasty pork is rubbed in an adobo of paprika, vinegar, garlic, and salt. The potatoes are rubbed in the same mixture and cooked together in a tight packet. You can make this on the grill or put the potato packets in a 375°F oven and cook the pork chops on an indoor grilling pan. Slice the potatoes very thinly, no thicker than 1/8 inch. For best results use a mandoline or the 2mm slicing blade on a food processor—or if you like cut them slowly with a very sharp knife. To make this for dinner tonight,
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 small sweet potato, peeled and very thinly sliced
1 medium yellow-fleshed potato, peeled and very thinly sliced
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 bone-in pork loin chops (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds), trimmed of fat
- Preheat grill to high.
- Combine oil, vinegar, paprika, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender; process until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Place sweet potato, potato and onion in a medium bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons of the sauce; toss well to coat.
- Rub both sides of pork chops with the remaining sauce.
- To make a packet, lay two 24-inch sheets of foil on top of each other (the double layers will help protect the contents from burning); generously coat the top piece with cooking spray. Spread half the potato mixture in the center of the foil in a thin layer. Bring the short ends of foil together, fold over and pinch to seal. Pinch the seams together along the sides to seal the packet.
- Make a second packet in the same fashion with the remaining potato mixture.
- Place the packets on the hottest part of the grill and the pork chops in the front or back.
- Cook the pork for 3 to 4 minutes per side and the packets for 5 minutes per side.
- Transfer the chops to plates and let rest while the packets finish cooking.
- Open the packets (be careful of steam) and serve the pork chops with the vegetables.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 373 calories; 18 g fat (4 g sat, 11 g mono); 69 mg cholesterol; 24 g carbohydrate; 28 g protein; 3 g fiber; 350 mg sodium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (120% daily value), Selenium (57% dv), Vitamin C (35% dv).