Recipe of the Week: Pork Chops with Pear Chutney

Ingredients

Chutney:
1 shallot, diced
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1 -inch piece peeled fresh ginger, cut into coins
1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
1 cinnamon stick
Kosher salt
Pinch crushed red pepper
3 pears, peeled, cored, and cut in large dice
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Chops:
8 thin bone-in pork chops, each about 4 ounces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

1. For chutney: In medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together shallot, vinegar, brown sugar, butter, ginger, curry powder, cinnamon stick, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and red pepper. Cover and seal with plastic wrap and heat in microwave oven on HIGH for 1 minute. Carefully remove plastic wrap and stir in pears and cranberries. Re-cover and microwave for 10 minutes more. Carefully poke holes in plastic wrap to release steam and set aside.

2. For pork chops: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat pork chops dry and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan and heat until shimmering. Lay 4 chops in pan and sear until golden on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook 1 more minute. Remove from pan; set aside and keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and chops. Add chutney to pan and, scrape up any brown bits from bottom using a wooden spoon. Simmer until slightly thickened. Stir in cilantro. Serve chops with chutney.

Recipe reprinted from foodnetwork.com

Don’t care for pears or chutney? Try topping the chops with warm chunky applesauce sprinkled with cinammon. Grilled mushrooms or peach jam spiced with ginger and a dash of soy sauce are also great toppings.

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