Pork chops with rhubarb-cherry sauce

A delightful little meal.  Prepared relatively quickly and good till the very last bite!

This recipe has nothing to do with the fact that today is my birthday. It just happens to be the next recipe in line, so to speak. I suppose I could have made something up, like, I eat rhubarb and pork on my birthday every year. Hmm, that would be an unusual tradition. Actually, in case you are wondering, every year on my birthday my husband takes me out for a nice dinner. This year he has to work, so we are postponing it a few days. For the past few years, I have chosen Osaka as my birthday dinner spot, and I think I will choose it again this year. Mmm, can't wait for lobster, scallops, steak and fried rice! 

I cannot think of an appropriate transition from lobster back to rhubarb and pork, so I am declaring an abrupt change of subject!

I do have to say that this was a delightful little meal. I prepared it relatively quickly and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite.

In a small bowl, combine:

1/2 cup dried cherries (as I was making it, I thought how fabulous it would be to replace these with chopped bing cherries)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup hot water

Let stand for 10 minutes to soften the cherries.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium-low heat.

Add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Add to the saucepan:

Cherry mixture

8-10 ounces rhubarb, ends trimmed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)

3 tablespoons sugar

Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the rhubarb has softened, 5 to 8 minutes.

Stir in a pinch of ground nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Generously season both sides of 4 pork loin chops (each 1/2-inch thick and 6-8 ounces) with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the pork (in 2 batches) until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Serve topped with the warm sauce.

There is a quick little recipe for the snap peas you see in the photos that I will share. Perhaps tomorrow or the next day.

Till then! I must get on with turning 36 years old!

Sweet & tangy pork chops

You will want plentiful amounts of this delicious recipe!

I'm going to refer to the month of March as Pork Month from now on. I didn't plan it this way, but my husband and I have prepared much more pork than usual in the past few weeks. And every tender, juicy bite has been totally scrumptious! I have another pork recipe on my list that I plan to make soon. Mom's Pork Chops! My mother makes the best pork chops under the sun, and I cannot wait to share that splendor with you all. I mustn't get ahead of myself, though. Back to the delicious recipe at hand!

This is how my husband has been preparing pork for the past year or so. I swoon over this recipe. And I swoon over the fact that I have a husband who makes me delicious pork and mouth-watering mai tais.

Combine in a medium bowl:

6 oz. light beer

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons ketchup, with an extra squirt for good measure

Set aside.

Salt and pepper both sides of 3 pork chops. If you plan to make more than 3, double the sauce. You will want plentiful amounts of its deliciousness.

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Cook the pork chops for 3 minutes on each side over medium heat.

Pour the beer mixture over the pork chops and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 160 degrees F.

Remove the pork chops from the skillet and cover them to keep warm. Continue to let the sauce simmer until it has reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the pork chops and serve immediately! I love Pork Month! Add Crockpot Pork Loin to your must try pork recipes, you won't be disappointed!

Pan-roasted pork chops with creamy cabbage & apples

This is Week #10 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010.

I have been looking forward to making this recipe since I first saw it on my list. It is unique, and I love unique. I also love pork. And cabbage. And bacon.

I have another pork recipe to post soon detailing the way my husband has been cooking it lately, but I adore the way it is cooked in this recipe. An "Mmmmm" escaped my mouth with every bite.

In a shallow dish, combine:

1/4 cup olive oil

4 thyme sprigs

1 large garlic clove, chopped

Add 4 12-oz. bone-in pork loin chops (I used 3 boneless and this was perfect for 2 meals for 2 people).

Turn to coat with the marinade and refrigerate overnight.

Thinly slice 1/2 of a head of cabbage crosswise and set aside.

In a large skillet, cook 3 thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, until browned. Pour off the fat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet along with the sliced cabbage.

Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 7 minutes.

Add:

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 teaspoon white vinegar

Cover and cook until the apple is tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in:

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Simmer uncovered until the cream has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and cover to keep warm.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Remove the pork chops from the marinade, discarding the thyme and garlic. Season the chops with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat until they are richly browned, about 3 minutes per side.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chops for about 12 minutes, turning once halfway through, until just pink in the center. Transfer the pork chops to plates and serve with the cabbage.

Enjoy!

Pan-roasted Pork Chops with Creamy Cabbage & Apples

What's not to love about this recipe! It's sure to make you say yummmm in every bite!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Mar 09, 2011

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Serves: 4

Total time: 1 hour (plus overnight marinating)

PorkChopsCabbageApples"

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 4 12-oz. bone-in pork loin chops
  • 3 thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ head of cabbage, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions:
  1. In a large, shallow dish, combine ¼ cup of the olive oil with the thyme sprigs and garlic. Add the pork chops and turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until browned, about 4 minutes; pour off the fat. Add the butter and cabbage to the skillet, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 7 minutes. Add the apple and vinegar, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apple is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard and cream and simmer uncovered until the cream has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, cover and keep warm.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Remove the pork chops from the marinade; discard the thyme sprigs and scrape off the garlic. Season the chops with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat until they are richly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chops for about 12 minutes, turning once halfway through, until just pink in the center. Transfer the pork chops to plates and serve with the cabbage.

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