Secret Ingredient Saucy Chops Recipe
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Secret Ingredient Saucy Chops Recipe

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Coffee, steak sauce, molasses and chocolate combine with garlic and thyme to drape these juicy chops in a thick, savory sauce. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (7 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop: 295 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, cook chops in oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Add the coffee, steak sauce, molasses, garlic powder and thyme to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Whisk in chocolate until melted. Return pork chops to pan; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Secret Ingredient Saucy Chops in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p59

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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JulieDJames User ID: 6572589 213120
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"I loved the flavor, especially how unusual it is. But, it's a little on the risky side for kids. easy to make!"

celestie4 User ID: 5199189 185027
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"Excellent served with a strawberry spinach salad."

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