Pork Chops with Cranberry-Pear Chutney

Pork Chops with Cranberry-Pear Chutney

Serves 4

In this unusual yet delightful pairing, thick-cut chops are soaked in a pear juice brine mixture, browned and then served with a piquant pear chutney. Enjoy this dish with spinach or green beans.

Ingredients: 
  • Pork Chops
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 slices peeled ginger
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 2 cups pear juice
  • 4 (4-ounce) thick-cut, bone-in pork chops
  • Cranberry-Pear Chutney
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Bartlett pears, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
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Method: 

For the pork chops, combine salt, sugar, ginger, bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns, allspice, pear juice and 2 cups water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until salt and sugar dissolve to make a brine. Remove from heat, pour into a wide, deep dish and chill until cool. Submerge pork chops in brine, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove pork chops from brine, rinse under cool water and pat dry. Discard brine and set chops aside.

For the chutney, heat oil over low heat in a medium pot. Add shallots and grated ginger and cook until fragrant and lightly translucent, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add lemon juice, pears, cranberries, brown sugar, ground ginger and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook over medium heat until pears are tender and chutney is thick, 20 to 25 minutes, watching carefully to ensure chutney does not scorch. Set aside.

To cook the pork chops, heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Add butter and oil and swirl to coat pan. When hot, add chops and brown each side, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover skillet, reduce heat to low and continue cooking until pork is just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer plates and serve with chutney.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:450 calories (90 from fat), 11g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 530mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 67g sugar), 17g protein
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