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Grilled Pork Chops with Maple Butter

 Grilled Pork Chops with Maple Butter
This recipe takes some time to prepare. But after one taste, you'll agree it's worth the extra effort. These chips get rave reviews.
4 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Grill: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • MAPLE BUTTER:
  • 1 teaspoon minced green onion
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • GLAZED APPLES AND ONIONS:
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • CHOPS:
  • 8 bone-in pork loin chops (1/2-inch thick and 4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute green onion in 1 tablespoon butter. Add
  • apple juice; cook until reduced by half. Add the cream, syrup, salt

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Grilled Pork Chops with Maple Butter (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and pepper; cook until reduced by half and mixture is caramel-like.
  • Add remaining butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until melted.
  • In a large skillet, cook the apples, onion, butter and brown sugar
  • over medium heat for 3 minutes or until onion is crisp-tender and
  • apples are softened; set aside.
  • Sprinkle chops with pepper. Brush each side with oil. Grill,
  • uncovered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a
  • thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before
  • serving.
  • Rewarm maple butter and glazed apples. Divide apples among four
  • plates; top each with two chops and a fourth of the maple butter.
  • Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 4 servings.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer