Cuban Style Pork Chops

  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice   #10100
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice   #10257
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin   #13938
  • 1/4 cup canola oil   #13745
  • 4 (6oz) pork chops, butterflied and thinly pounded   #27179
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8  slices Swiss cheese   #20768
  • 8  slices ham   #27160
  • 2  dill pickles, thinly sliced (need about 16 slices) (#6709)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil   #13731

  • Whisk together 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, 3 tbls oregano, garlic, cumin, and canola oil in a large baking dish.
  • Add the pork and turn to coat. Cover and let marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Remove the pork from the marinade and pat dry.
  • Place the chops on a flat surface, cut-side up and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place 1 slice of cheese, 2 slices of ham, a few slices of pickle and another slice of cheese on 1 half of the chop.
  • Fold over and brush the top with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Place the chops on the grill, oil side down and grill until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Flip the chops over and continue grilling until the bottom is golden brown and the cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  • Whisk the remaining orange and lime juices, oregano, and the cilantro with the olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Spoon over the chops and serve.
“Whether you sauce them, rub them or marinate them, pork chops are a welcome treat to any menu.”