A fabulous recipe for thin pork chops
Over the centuries thyme has been used for numerous purposes. In medieval times, thyme was believed to impart courage and vitality. The ancient Romans used it as a remedy for depression. In ancient eras it was not uncommon to find a bouquet of thyme and roses as it provided a sweet and pleasant fragrance. The ancient Greeks burned thyme as incense while the Romans liked to enhance their cheese and alcoholic beverages with thyme. Thyme contains an essential oil that acts as a potent antiseptic; a strong antibacterial and antioxidant. The oil of thyme is an ingredient in cough drops, as well as various mouthwashes to heal oral inflammation and throat infections.
Since thyme’s essential oil possesses bronchial, expectorant and antispasmodic qualities, it is quite useful in treating acute and chronic bronchitis, and of upper respiratory tract inflammation.
Thyme, along with the rest of the mint family possesses cancer preventive properties. The herb is completely safe and has no unpleasant side effects. Though the essential oil of thyme could irritate the skin and eyes, and may trigger an allergic reaction.
½ Cup flour
Salt & pepper
8 ½” thick pork loin chops, extra thin
4 TBSP unsalted butter
4 TBSP olive oil
16 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 TBSP dried thyme
2 unpeeled green apples; cut in 1/4" slices
Combine flour, salt and pepper. Evenly dredge pork chops in flour mixture. In a large skillet, heat half of the butter and oil. Sauté half the pork chops for 4 minutes on each side. While they are cooking, place a bit of the thyme beneath each chop \, so it will adhere to the meat. Remove the pork chops from skillet and keep warm. Add the rest of the butter and oil to the skillet. Cook the remaining pork chops in the same manner. In that same skillet, sauté the apple slices for 3 minutes, or until soft. Arrange the pork chops and apple slices on a serving platter.
Yields 4-6 servings.