Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Great dish. Points 5.
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 2 ripe pears, peeled and chopped
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 4 1⁄4 lbs boneless center cut pork chops, 1/2-inch thick, trimmed of visible fat
- Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add pears, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Cook, stirring frequently and mashing the pears with a spoon, until thick and pears are tender, about 4 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat; stir in lemon zest and vanilla. Set aside.
- Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, paprika and pepper in a bowl.
- Rub mixture over pork.
- Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add pork and cook until well browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side.
- Serve with sauce.
We really enjoyed this dish. i made a couple modifications. I used apples and pears and left out the vanilla (it might be good, I just didn't want it). Also, I seared the pork chops(but didn't cook them right thru) took them out of the pan and cooked the sauce. Then I put the porkchops back in the pan, covered it and put it all in the oven for 15min @400. They came out tender and juicy and the sauce was bubbly and thick. Thanks!
I picked this recipe because I had all of the ingredients on hand and WOW am I glad I did! I LOVE the rub and plan to use it a lot on chicken as well as pork. The pear sauce was a big hit too, with and without the chop! It was super easy and incredible tasting. Worth a try!
This was very good, but because of the flavor of the cinnamon/nutmeg mixture, the delicate flavor of the pears seemed to be over-taken. I have never tried this dish before, and it was very well liked. I was just wondering why this is not made with apples, or if there are any recipes made with pears that featuring other ingredients that complement the more delicate flavor of the pears.