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.
- 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 Diamond of California Pecan Halves
- 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.