Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Maple-Pear Grilled Pork Chops

This is my further adaption (adapted in part because I had a several ripe local pears on hand) of Pork Chops with Maple Syrup, Pecans and Dried Cranberries. It is simpler to prepare and uses the grill, instead of the oven.

Serves 2

In a small flat dish (just large enough to hold the pork on one level) combine:

3/8 c maple syrup
1 1/2 t balsamic vinegar
1 T dark brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon

Mix well and pour most of the mixture into a small sauce pan, leaving just enough liquid (about 2 T to evenly coat pork chops on both sides). Place

2 boneless pork chops (1/4 - 1/3 pound each)

in the flat dish with the remaining syrup mixture and turn chops until both sides are well coated.

Grill chops until cooked through, approximately 6-7 minutes on a side, depending on thickness, coating with any remaining maple syrup mixture. Remove from grill and let sit while making sauce.

SAUCE: Warm the maple syrup mixture that was placed in the saute pan and then add:

1/4 c pecans
1/4 c dried cranberries

cook for 2 minutes and then add:

1 pear, peeled, cored and sliced
several sage leaves, coarsely chopped

and saute just until pear is tender.

Place one chop on each of two plates, top with the sauce and garnish with a few sage leaves.

VARIATION: Use thinly sliced apples instead of pears.

Reviewed 6/13/2017

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