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Pear 'n' Fennel Pork

 Pear 'n' Fennel Pork
Fresh fennel has a large bulbous base and pale green stems with wispy foliage. Often mislabeled as sweet anise, it has a sweeter and more delicate flavor than anise.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 4 boneless butterflied pork chops (1/2 inch thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup sliced fennel bulb
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups pear nectar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook
  • chops in oil over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or
  • until juices run clear; drain. Set chops aside and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, saute the onion and fennel in butter until
  • crisp-tender. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, pear nectar,
  • syrup and nutmeg until smooth; add to the skillet. Bring to a boil;
  • cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pork
  • chops. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 pork chop with 1/2 cup sauce equals 431 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 33 g protein.