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Maple-Pecan Pork Chops Recipe

Maple-Pecan Pork Chops Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the mustard, pepper and 2 teaspoons syrup. Lightly drizzle over both sides of pork chops.
  • 2. 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 thermometer reads 160°. Remove chops and keep warm.
  • 3. Add pecans and remaining syrup to the skillet; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until blended. Serve with pork chops.
    Freeze option: Cool pork chops. Prepare maple sauce but do not add pecans. Freeze chops and sauce in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 165°, turning occasionally. Remove chops to a platter. Add pecans to sauce; serve as directed. Yield: 4 servings.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.