Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
This makes a simple but elegant dish!
- 2 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
- 2 ounces dried cherries
- 1⁄3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 pork loin chops, 1 inch-thick (bone in)
- coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 sprig of fresh watercress (or Italian parsley)
- Place 2 cups stock, the dried cherries and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer gently until the sauce is reduced by half.
- Set aside.
- Twenty minutes before serving, sprinkle each side of each pork chop with salt and pepper.
- Place the olive oil and butter in a medium-sized saute pan and heat until the bubble subside.
- Place each chop carefully in the pan so they are not touching.
- Leave them to brown without moving for 2 to 3 minutes.
- When the chops are a brown, turn with tongs and brown the other side.
- Remove the chops from the pan, pour off any fat, add 1/2 cup chicken stock.
- Return the chops to the pan, place over low heat, cover, and cook gently for 3-4 minutes, until the chops are just firm when pressed with a finger.
- Remove the chops and keep warm.
- Add the balsamic-dried cherry mixture to the saute pan and bring to a boil.
- Let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes — it should coat the spoon again.
- Taste, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the chops on warm dinner plates; spoon over the dried cherry sauce.
- Garnish with sprigs of watercress or Italian parsley.