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Maple-Pecan Pork Chops

 Maple-Pecan Pork Chops
For a standout short-cut supper, start with this change-of-pace menu served up by our Test Kitchen and guaranteed to make any occasion special. Begin by simmering the luscious Maple-Pecan Pork Chops in apple juice, then drizzle with sweet maple syrup and top with crunchy pecans.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, divided
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (3/4-inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the mustard, pepper and 2 teaspoons syrup.
  • Lightly drizzle over both sides of pork chops.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, brown pork in butter over medium heat
  • for 2-3 minutes on each side. Add apple juice. Reduce heat; cover
  • and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads
  • 160°. Remove chops and keep warm.
  • Add pecans and remaining syrup to the skillet; cook and stir for 1-2
  • minutes or until blended. Serve with pork chops. Yield: 4 servings.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.