According to a study from the Marriage Foundation, married couples who have a date night once a month were the most likely to stay together.
There’s no denying the power of quality time spent together to make a couple feel closeness and happiness. Date night recipes are a great way to combine that quality time with delicious food. You can even develop your cooking skills at the same time!
Date Night Recipes: Brined Pork Chops
Brining is one of those fantastic cooking techniques that’s both easy and makes an amazing difference in the flavor of your food. Not everyone learns how to brine growing up, so with this simple addition to your cooking repertoire, you’ll take your easy date night dinners to a whole new level!
One of the most common troubles with cooking is making sure that you don’t dry out your meat. Brining not only adds flavor on its own, but it also makes it easy to avoid drying out your meat. In fact, your brined pork chops will end up juicier and moister than even the most carefully prepared pork chops without brining.
To properly brine your pork chops, you’ll need a brining bag. A good brining bag will not only allow you to comfortably brine plenty of meat at the same time, but it will also make it much easier to clean up after your cooking. Plus, you can use it for many, many other delicious date night dinner recipes at home that call for brining!
Before you put your pork chops into the brine bag, you’ll want to make sure they’re completely unfrozen. Sugar is a great addition to a brine solution, helping to brown the meat and add extra flavors.
For this recipe, you’ll also need a heavy bottom frying pan. There are inevitably tiny differences in the thickness and density of the bottoms of frying pans.
These little differences mean that the surface of your pan is hotter in some spots and cooler in others. The result can be unevenly cooked meat.
A heavy bottom frying pan helps to maintain a nice even temperature so your meat is cooked perfectly all the way through. This delicious date night dinner idea will become a go-to choice when you can’t figure out what to cook for a date!
After your pork chops are done brining, don’t be afraid to rinse them off and pat them dry. The juices and flavors penetrate deep into the meat, so this won’t hurt the meat’s flavors in any way. On top of that, a clean, dry surface on your meat will allow you to apply a delicious dry rub.
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We hope you learned something helpful about great date night recipes in this brief piece. To find more recipes to enjoy cooking and eating, especially from the Mediterranean, check out our other pages!