Pan-Grilled Pork Chops

  • 4 center-loin pork chops, about 1 inch thick, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tbsp. best olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Lemon quarters
  1. Turn the oven to its maximum temperature, at least 500 degrees F, and set a rack in the lowest possible position.
  2. Preheat a cast-iron or other sturdy, ovenproof skillet just large enough to hold the chops over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes; the pan should be really hot, just about smoking.
  3. Rub the chops with olive oil only, then place in the skillet.
  4. Immediately transfer the skillet to the oven; cook about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon juice and serve with lemon quarters.
  6. Makes 4 servings.

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