Marinated Pork Chops with Pinot Noir and Espresso Infused Demi-Glace

Making your own demi-glace, a rich stock-based glaze, will add considerably to the time and ease of making this recipe. Best to purchase demi-glace ready to use in the refrigerated section of a well-stocked specialty foods store.


The liveliness of an Oregon Pinot Noir will offset the richness of the demi-glace; recommended producers include Ken Wright, Ponzi and Hamacher.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 6 center-cut pork chops (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup Pinot Noir
  • 2 cups pork or veal demi-glace
  • 1/4 cup espresso
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

In a bowl, whisk the olive oil, thyme, garlic, shallots, and mustard together until the marinade is well combined. Place the pork chops in a shallow pan and pour the marinade over. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours.

Heat a grill (outdoor or stovetop) until hot. Remove the pork chops from the marinade and discard the marinade. Arrange the chops on the preheated grill and cook, turning, to the desired degree of doneness.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a medium saucepan, reduce the wine over medium heat by half. Stir in the demi-glace, coffee, and vinegar and bring the mixture to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat.

To serve, place the pork chops on a serving platter and pour the sauce over them.

Published on December 17, 2009
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