I try to be frugal when it comes to shopping for groceries. I shop around for the best deal and lately I have come home with mostly store brand items. However, the few pre-packaged items I refuse to skimp on are cheeses and Balsamic vinegar. Store brand cheeses tend to be salty and the cream cheese has an off flavor. The high-end vinegar has a silky smooth texture and flavor that turns a dish from a box version into gourmet. Definitely worth the splurge.
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 pork loin chops, 1 inch thick
Salt and Pepper
Garlic powder (optional)
1/2 pint red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 pint yellow grape tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Season pork chops well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat 1 tablespoon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until glossy. Place the pork chops in the skillet cooking 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from heat and cover with tin foil.
Add the onions and garlic; cook until tender and slightly caramelized over medium heat. Stir in tomatoes and basil; continue cooking about 3 minutes, until tomatoes are tender. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. To serve top pork chops with the onion and tomato mixture then sprinkle with feta cheese and a splash of Balsamic vinegar (optional).