I bet you don't think of Pork Chops when you think of Cranberries but they're really perfect together! Pork is great with fruit cuz it pairs so well with sweet and tangy flavors. I came up with this recipe using up ingredients I had in the fridge and it turned out amazing! I was so proud of myself too cuz I didn't overcook the pork like I tend to do. The key is to really watch it when you're simmering the meat and cut into it to see if it's done every minute or so. I call this my Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Pork Chops. Sweet Maple Syrup, spicy Chipotle in Adobo and juicy Cranberries make the perfect sauce for these Pork Chops!
Ingredients: (2 servings)
1 Tbsp oil
2 bone-in pork chop (1/2-inch thick)
Salt and pepper
1 medium onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c apple juice
1 c fresh cranberries
2 chipotle in adobo w/1 Tbsp sauce
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp butter
Fresh chopped Basil, for garnish
Couscous, for serving
1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Add to pot and brown 5 minutes per side. Remove and keep warm.
2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, until softened. Add juice, cranberries, chipotle and syrup. Boil until berries have popped and softened, 10 minutes.
3. Return pork chops to pot and turn heat down to medium-low. Cover and simmer until meat is cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Remove chop to serving platter.
4. Stir in butter, turn heat up to high and boil until thickened, 5 minutes. Pour sauce over chops and serve over couscous with basil sprinkled on top.