Wednesdays Unplugged – Pork Chops with cranberry maple pan sauce

“The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.”  – Amy Poehler

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, along with an update and photos of what has been going on in our lives. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

Our granddaughter is on the JV tennis team this year, looking at pictures last week… fun having our grandsons with us at the MCM home tour last weekend, couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

I shared this recipe from Fine Cooking magazine six years ago from a dinner at dear friends. Good enough to share again!!

PORK CHOPS with cranberry-maple pan sauce

  • 4 one-inch thick bone-in porch chops (about 2 1/2 lb)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Pat the pork dry and season with 1 teaspoon of the thyme, 1 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat the oil in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering hot. Add the pork chops and cook without moving until the pork is browned around the edges and easily releases when you lift a corner, 3-4 minutes. Flip the pork chops and continue ot cook until firm to the touch and an instant-read thermometer insert horizontally into a chop close to but not touching the bone registers 140 degrees F, about 9 minutes.

Transfer the chops to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Add the cranberries, chicken broth, maple syrup, cider vinegar, mustard, and the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme to the skillet and raise the heat to medium high. Cook, whisking to incorporate the mustard and any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the cranberries soften and the liquid has reduced to a saucy consistency, about 7 minutes.

Return the pork chops and any accumulated juice to the skillet, turning to coast both sides. Serve the pork chops.

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