Cherry Glazed Pork Chops

August 9, 2010

I love combining sweet fruits and savory meats and herbs.  This is an easy way to do that and put this summer’s cherries to good use.

  • Boneless Pork Chops, 4 to 6
  • Cherries, about a cup when pitted and chopped
  • Shallots, 2
  • Port or other sweetish red wine, 1 cup
  • White Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tablespoons
  • Thyme Springs, 3 or 4
  • Butter, 3 or 4 tablespoons
  • Salt/Pepper

Pit and coarsely chop the cherries.

Slice the shallots.

Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium high heat.  When it’s just beginning to bubble and brown, add the pork chops and season with salt and pepper.  Once they’re browning nicely and are easy to turn, flip them over and brown the other side.  Remove them to a platter and set them aside for now.

Add the shallots to the pan and cook them until they start to soften and brown.

Add the cherries and wine.

Throw in the thyme sprigs, or just use dried thyme.

Return the pork to the pan and continue cooking until it’s done, coating it with the cherry mixture and turning it once or twice.

Remove the pork.  If needed, let the cherry and wine mixture simmer for a bit, until it’s thickened. Stir in the vinegar.

Spoon the cherries over the pork, garnish with fresh cherries and thyme if you like, and enjoy!

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1 Chris August 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

This looks delicious! Fabulous pics. Love how you utilized the cherries. I have made a cherry pepper salsa, but didn’t cook the cherries. This is a must try! ;) Thx!

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2 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon August 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Oh my Karen,those chops are lovely. Wish I would have thought of that the last time I bought cherries. Sadly, I ended up with a failed clafouti instead.

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3 Carla August 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I think I just slipped into a food coma. Thank you for that. Goodness gracious…

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4 Biz August 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet, and now I want pork chops! I absolutely love sweet flavors with meat, but have yet to convince the hubs!

Maybe I’ll just make it and hand him a pizza take out menu and then I’ll have it all to myself!

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5 Sophie August 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

What a stunning & ooh so appetizing dish!!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…georgous pictures too!

Greetings from Brussels, Belgium!

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