I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Cuban Style Pork Chops

This is absolutely incredible! The flavors feel like you are in the Carribean or at least Florida.  I served it with the Cilantro Lime Rice and what a combination.  Again, quick and easy.  You can grill it outside or in the broiler of your oven.

3/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeeze if possible)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp dried oregano
6 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup olive oil
4 boneless pork chops or pork loin (aprox 6-8 oz each)
8 slices of swiss cheese
4 thick slices of cooked ham
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbs of chopped cilantro

Set broiler to low in oven.  If grilling outside, heat grill on high then reduce to medium when hot.

Combine 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lime juice, 1tbs oregano, garlic, cumin and 1/4 cup olive oil; mix until marinade is well combined. Slice each pork chop or pork loin in half through the sides to create 4 additional chops; these need to be thin (if not, pound with a meat mallet).  In a large dish, add the pork and marinade; allow to marinate for 1 to 2 hours.

Remove pork from the marinade and place on a flat surface. Place a slice of cheese, then ham, then another slice of cheese; cover with another pork slice. Do the same with the others until you have created all four bundles. Season with salt and pepper. 

Place pork chops on the grill and cook until golden brown (approx. 3 to 4 minutes). Flip the pork chops and continue to cook until the flip side turns a golden brown and the cheese melts (approx. 2 to 3 minutes). Remove from the grill or oven.

Combine the remaining orange juice, lime juice, oregano, cilantro and olive oil; whisk until well combined. Spoon over pork chops and serve with cilantro lime rice, jasmine or basmati rice.

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