Pork Chops with Pears Recipe

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In Portland, Maine, Vicki Herron is always on the lookout for ways to "spice up" and "trim down" traditional meals. In this case, pears bring a sweet change of taste to her tender pork chops, while fragrant rosemary complements the entree. It's so simple, I can put it together fast after I get home from aerobic class," she adds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3 small firm pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each and 1/3 inch thick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Nutritional Facts

233 calories: 1 each, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 458mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 fruit 1 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter. Add pears, sprinkle with sugar. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Remove pears to a serving platter and keep warm. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. In the same skillet, cook chops, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes on each side or until browned and juices run clear. Remove to the platter and keep warm.
  2. Combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; add vinegar and rosemary. Stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pork chops and pears. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pork Chops with Pears in Light & Tasty April/May 2001, p8

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Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"The pears were a huge hit. I didn't care for the pork. It may just be a mistake on my part, but the chops are really dry."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"This is my husband's favorite meal! I make it once every week or every other week. I follow the recipe exactly and it is delicious. My kids love it too!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"I actually gave this 4 stars. Not sure why it's only showing 2, but it won't let me change it. Sorry."

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"I used one apple and one pear. The sauce was way too tart, so I added about a tbs of sugar. Otherwise, it was pretty good."

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