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GRILLED SALSA-MARINATED PORK CHOPS

This super-quick and easy recipe combines the flavors of the Southwest with a touch of Spain in the orange marmalade. Add any favorite rice dish, a fruit and green salad with a tart dressing and a bread or dessert for a very satisfying, yet easy dinner.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

2/3 cup salsa, preferably a thick homemade one, such as Salsa Rojo featured in the picnic article or a thick commercial one with a tomato base.

2 Tablespoons orange marmalade

4 (1/2-inch-thick) loin pork chops, trimmed of excess fat

1. Combine 1/3 cup of the salsa with the marmalade in a shallow glass or stainless steel bowl. Place chops in bowl, pressing chops into the marinade and turning and pressing again. Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour or cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high or 450F (230C). Place rack 4 inches above heat. Remove chops from marinade, reserving marinade. Place chops on rack and spoon half of marinade over chops; reserve remaining marinade. Grill about 4 minutes. Turn and spoon remaining marinade over chops. Grill 4 minutes or until browned and centers are light pink or 160F (70C). Serve with remaining salsa.

Reprinted with permission from Jane Butel’s Southwestern Grill.

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