So, you’re wondering what in the world these pork chops have to do with “robot steak”, right? Here’s the short story. The toddler man was watching a Sesame Street episode that involved robots, and he spent the better part of the day I made these pretending he was a robot. ALL.DAY.LONG. It’s cute for about the first 10 minutes, then it gets mindnumbingly annoying. But we never thought the day would come when robots were allowed in our home, so I roll with it. Anyway, as I was putting these under the broiler, he exclaimed very excitedly, “Robot Joe is VERY excited for robot steak!”. Hilarious.
Now, the reason all of this robot stuff is quite amusing is that he used to be TERRIFIED of robots. Starting at about 18 months old, he would screech in terror every.single.time he saw a robot, especially the ones on Sesame Street. We started recording all of the episodes and previewing them (on fast forward) after he would go to bed to make sure there were no robot episodes anywhere ever. This lasted until about 4 months ago when he exclaimed that he now loved robots. To the point that he has requested a robot party for his 4th birthday in June. I’m still befuddled about this, but we’re planning a robot party for June.
By the way, these pork chops were insanely easy, and insanely good. I like that combination. A little bit of spicy, but still very kid friendly. Don’t skimp on the salt either…I forgot to add it, and they would have been much, much better with it.
Garlic Marinated Pork Chops – AKA “Robot Steak”
4 (6 oz each) lean boneless pork chop
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 lime, juice of
salt and fresh pepper
Trim any fat off pork. In a large bowl season pork with garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Squeeze lime juice and some zest from the lime and let it marinade at least 20 minutes.
Line broiler pan with foil for easy clean up. Place pork chops on the broiler pan and broil about 4-5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.