Pork Chops with Cherry Compote

One of the things that we found throughout Europe were meals with a fruit sauce that accompanied the meat. Often times it was something a little gamey like duck or lamb, but it is a combination that works well with chicken and pork also. Cooking the fruit down to an almost jam-like consistency provides a nice fruity counterbalance to the taste of the meat. We cooked pork chops and basted them with butter and oil as they seared in order to keep them moist and tender. This particular recipe serves two people, but it is easily adjusted to serve more. It would be great with skin-on chicken thighs as well.

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Sautéed Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Pork Chops – thick cut
  • 3 cups Cherries – pitted (we used frozen cherries)
  •  3 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  •  1/2 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  •  2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  •  1 tsp Lemon Zest
  •  1 tsp Dried Thyme
  •  1 tsp Garlic Powder
  •  2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  •  2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  •  Salt and Pepper to Taste
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Cherry Mixture

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small sauce pan, combine the cherries, sugar, vinegar, 1 tablespoon rosemary, salt and pepper. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, gently stirring, until the mixture is thick, but keeping the cherries mostly intact, about 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and put the compote into a bowl and let stand to cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours or over night. Season both sides of the pork chops with the remaining rosemary, thyme, garlic, and salt and pepper. Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and begins to simmer. Carefully place the pork chops into the skillet and cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the pork chops and continue to cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, basting them with the butter and oil frequently to keep them moist and tender. Place the pork chops onto serving plates and spoon half of the cherry mixture over each.

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Cherry Compote

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Seasoned Pork Chops

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Moist Pork Chop

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Pork Chop with Cherry Compote

 

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