It’s summer and every fruit seems to be blooming in all its perfection. Although I love a crisp, tangy mango salsa or a blueberry and jalapeno crumble, other members in my household (ahem, one hint- not the 8 week old or the dogs!) prefer their fruit in a salad for a sandwich side or dessert. My husband says he can’t stand fruit as a topping but I think it adds a fresh flavor to meats that are often thought of for winter time. So when I finally found a fruit topping he liked, I stored it in my recipe box as a go-to! Make way for my cherry balsamic glazed pork chops! Controversy or not, Jamie Deen’s recipe is by far my all time favorite. It’ simple, tasty and keeps an often dry and dull dish sweet, tangy, and juicy. It’s Sunday dinner Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops.
Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/4 balsamic vinegar
3 cups frozen cherries, thawed and chopped
1/4 cup chicken stock
3 TBS cold butter
Salt and pepper to taste
2 6-8 ounce bone-in pork chops
Heat a drizzle of EVOO in a pan over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute about 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar and cook about 1 minute. Add cherries and stock and cook until mixture is thick and syrupy, about 7 minutes. Take off the heat and whisk in butter, salt and pepper to taste. Transfer half of the glaze to a bowl. (*Tip: I always keep a box of plastic disposable gloves in the kitchen. Saves your hands when handling raw chicken, cleaning shrimp, or chopping crimson red cherries!)
Pre-heat grill over high heat. Coat your chops with EVOO, salt, pepper…liberally, not a word we refer to often with my very conservative husband! Baste chops with reserved cherry glaze and grill 6-7 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and tent with tin foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Make sure the meat hits 160 degrees.
Top with remaining cherry glaze and serve with your favorite sides! I like to keep it in the “grilled” family and keep it simple in order to let the cherry glaze be the star. Zucchini is in season and the perfect grilled accompaniment.
Pork can be temperamental if it isn’t done right. Since we’re always looking for something other than our go-to chicken in our house, pork chops make for a tasty change. This recipe is sure to please by keeping the pork juicy and combining the smokey grill flavoring with sweet cherry glaze. Take it into the fall and winter months by serving with a hearty baked potato instead! From the Deen’s kitchen, to mine, to yours, hope you enjoy!
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian