Welcome to Episode 1 of Reduce by Half: Rioja-style Pork Chops. In this episode we share a Rioja-style Pork Chop recipe, talk about Spanish wine from Rioja and share a little bit of Spanish culture. We also have a giveaway featuring the meat and wine we use in podcast. Listen to the episode by using the player below or click here to listen on iTunes. Keep reading for this week’s recipe, wine pairing, book suggestions and giveaway entry form!
Rioja-style Pork Chops Recipe
Here’s a quick overview on how to make the Rioja-style Pork Chops we talked about on this recipe. You can view the full recipe on our recipe section.
El Coto Rioja Wine Pairing
El Coto de Rioja is the largest owner of vineyards in Rioja, Spain. They make delicious wines that reflect a traditional Rioja style with modern production techniques. Their El Coto Crianza Rioja is a wine that’s made from 100% Tempranillo grapes by winemaker César Fernandez. It’s been aged 12 months in oak and 6 months in bottle before release. Fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry are mixed with oak, vanilla and cedar. For around $15, it’s a great value and a perfect pairing for our Rioja-style Pork Chops.
You can learn more about El Coto de Rioja on their website by clicking here.
Resources on Spanish Cuisine
If you’re interested in more Spanish recipes, we highly recommend the books of Penelope Casas. We used a recipe in her book “1,000 Spanish Recipes” as the basis for our Rioja-style Pork Chops. You can buy her books from Amazon at the links below:
- 1,000 Spanish Recipes – an easy overview of Spanish recipes. Trust me, 1,000 isn’t too many!
- The Foods and Wines of Spain – a great book that explores a little bit more of the relationship and history of the foods and wines of Spain.
- Paella!: Spectacular Rice Dishes from Spain – if you love Paella, this is a great book to have.
- Tapas (Revised): The Little Dishes of Spain – bite sized food! Everyone loves it! This is one of the best English language works on tapas, so check it out if you love tapas.
(If you purchase via the links provided, LGCM will receive a commission from Amazon, so thanks for helping us out!)
You could win four 1″ thick Pork Chops and a bottle of El Coto Rioja wine! Just fill out the form below before May 1st, 2017 and you’ll be entered to win.
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