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3 Simple pork chop recipes

Lean center cut pork chops are seasoned, seared

Lean center cut pork chops are seasoned, seared and serve topped with a deeply flavorful sauce made from reduced Port wine, broth, plum preserves, and shallots. Photo Credit: Marge Perry

PORK IN PORT WINE SAUCE

1 medium shallot, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)

½ cup Port wine

1 teaspoon sugar

1/3 cup lower-sodium chicken broth

¼ cup plum preserves, strained

½ teaspoon salt, divided

¼ teaspoon pepper, divided

½ teaspoon ground coriander

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops, about 1¾ pounds

1 tablespoon olive oil

 

1. Bring shallots, Port and sugar to boil in a medium saucepan; boil until mixture is reduced to a scant ¼ cup. Add broth, return to a boil and reduce to ¼ cup. Reduce heat to medium, stir in the preserves, ¼ teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper and cook 2 minutes. Cover and keep warm.

2. Combine coriander, garlic powder, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and sprinkle over the pork.

3. Heat the oil over medium high; add the chops in a single layer and cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 357 calories, 33 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 12 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 429 mg sodium

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PORK CHOPS WITH SAGE AND APPLES

1 teaspoon dried crumbled sage

¾ teaspoon salt, divided

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 (5-ounce) boneless, center-cut pork chops

1 tablespoon butter

3 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

 

1. Combine the sage, ½ teaspoon of salt and the pepper; sprinkle over the pork chops.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high; add pork and cook 3 minutes on each side, or until nearly cooked through. Remove from pan and drape loosely to keep warm.

3. Melt the butter in the skillet; add the apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until the apples are tender and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Serve over the pork chops. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 334 calories, 27 g protein, 23 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 15 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 497 mg sodium

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HONEY-MUSTARD PORK CHOPS

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

¼ teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil

4 bone-in, center-cut pork chops (about 1¾ pounds)

½ cup lower-sodium chicken broth

 

1. Whisk the honey, vinegar and Dijon together and set aside.

2. Sprinkle the thyme, salt and pepper on the pork chops. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high; add the pork and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side; remove from pan and drape loosely to keep warm.

3. Add the broth to the skillet and cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Stir in the honey mixture; reduce heat to medium and cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the chops to the pan and turn once to coat in the sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 283 calories, 33 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 12 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 397 mg sodium

 

TIP: To cook pork to the right degree of doneness, use an instant-read meat thermometer. At 145 to 150 degrees it will be lightly pink in the center, moist and tender.

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