One of the things I love about summer is the spontaneity inherent in the season. Grab something and throw it on the grill!
(Even better if it’s flavored with an impromptu compound butter…)
In this particular case, I was trimming haricot verts on the veranda when my step-son mentioned his “pork chop packets” — fresh green beans, carrots, and compound butter, topped with a boneless center-cut pork chop. Oh my! I took it a step farther and seared the chops before encasing them in foil. Sorry, no “after” photo… they were devoured in a heartbeat. (Vegetarian version expounded on below…)
As for the compound butter, anything goes. Key words: have at it… spontaneous… impromptu!
This batch included softened butter smashed with sliced green onions, basil, parsley, garlic, thyme, and freshly ground pepper — but use whatever tickles ya or whatever’s on hand. Throw it in the fridge in plastic wrap for a bit to let the flavors “marry,” then add a dab to the packet before adding the veggies (to keep them from sticking), top with a seared chop and a generous dollop of compound butter, seal, and you’re good to grill.
(Note: Be sure to seal the foil packet well. Turn once during grilling. If in doubt about “doneness,” test chops with a meat thermometer before consuming.)
Regarding the off the cuff portion of this post, I’m finally home again. Missed ya bunches. Couldn’t resist writing. Plus, I’m making these again for supper tonight. So, so good. I also imagine they’d be good with chicken. Or salmon. Or steak.
Or, just veggies for my vegetarian pals. :) Use your imagination…
On a personal note, I need to restructure myself and my blog a lil’ bit. So many ideas, so little time — up until now! After spending the equivalent to two months away from the place that makes me happiest since January, I’m feeling out of sorts. Off my game. Sluggish. Can we say move it or lose it?! (Photos may or may not be forthcoming, lol.)
More good things to come though, including the winner of my giveaway later this week. (Giveaway is closed.)
Happy grilling and stay tuned for transformation…
Enjoying unpremeditated meal planning, writing, and rediscovery,