‘Tis the season to pig out; a fitting phrase since no holiday spread is complete without ham. Whilst satisfying as is, ham dishes on most Filipino tables come glazed in a sweet pineapple sauce. We’ve recreated that flavor on a more substantially cut—and essentially cheaper—pork dish: pork chops. It’s our way of satisfying larger appetites (that can’t be satiated with thin slices of ham) without losing the essence of the noche buena staple.
This recipe is post-Christmas shopping budget-friendly at only PHP180.37 per person. That price can even go lower if you divide the three thick-cut pork chops between three people. (We found that it might be a bit too filling if you follow the set serving size.) Just as you’d expect from Filipino-style ham, the pineapples give it a nice, slightly tangy sweetness. The sauce comes out a bit watery, but that gives the pork chops enough space to be their own thing, too.