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Sweet Cherry Pork Chops

 Sweet Cherry Pork Chops
I make pork chops often, so I like to experiment with different ideas. I dreamed up this recipe using ingredients that I had on hand. The cherry-orange sauce makes these chops special enough for guests. -Shannon Mink, Columbus, Ohio
4 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops (3/4 inch thick and 4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup pitted sweet cherries, halved
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Hot cooked rice

Directions

  • In a large skillet, brown pork chops in oil on both sides; drain. Add
  • the orange juice, cherries and onions to skillet; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-6 minutes or until a
  • thermometer reads 145°. Remove chops and keep warm.
  • Stir preserves into pan juices. Combine cornstarch and cold water
  • until smooth; stir into pan juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir
  • for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pork and rice. Yield:
  • 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 291 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 33 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 22 g protein.

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Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.