Friday, January 20, 2012

Sweet Potato and Apple (Un)Stuffed Pork Chops with Balsamic Orange Glaze

 It has definitely been a while since I have done a Your Recipe My Kitchen post, here is a great one for you.  This is a recipe I bookmarked a while back.  Actually, I liked it so much that I both bookmarked it and pinned it.  And then like most bookmarks and pins, I forgot all about it.  The other day I decided I really wanted to cook something from Pinterest and I went through the recipes I had on there and as soon as I saw this fabulous pork dish from Jane Deer - I knew this was dinner.  The original recipe is for a stuffed pork chop but I didn't have thick chops in the house so I changed my dish up a bit and  cooked my pork chops on top of the sweet potato and apple mixture.   I will admit, this dish had a quite a few steps but in the end it was sooooo gooood!  I would definitely make this one again - oh and don't even get me started on the glaze  - delicious!!  Thank You Jennifer @ Jane Deere for sharing this amazing dish!

recipe adapted from Jane Deere
What You need:
3 pounds thick bone-in pork chops (6--8 ounce chops) I didn't have thick pork chops
1 tablespoon season salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 sweet potatoes, peeled & medium dice
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled & medium dice
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion, peeled, halved & sliced thin
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced

½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup orange juice
½ cup orange marmalade (I didn't have marmalade and I actually used the candied kumquats I made earlier in the week - worked out great!)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
Salt & Pepper, to taste

What you do: 
Season the pork well.
  1. Place in a preheated saute pan with olive oil and brown on both sides. Repeat with all chops. Place cooked chops to the side on another plate.
  2. Using the same saute pan, over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon butter and onions and saute. (If there is a lot of blackened bits left from the meat, scrape out and discard, but keep golden browned bits.)
  3. Add 1 tablespoon sugar to the onions and continue sauteing until they reach a caramel color.
  4. Remove the onion to a bowl and set aside. Add the sweet potatoes to the pan and saute for 2 minutes.  Add the apples, thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Saute for about 1 minute.
  5. Add orange juice to deglaze the pan. Saute for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium-high heat to reduce liquid. Stir in sauteed onions. Then lay the mixture out in a baking dish.

Top Mixture with browned pork chops.

  1. Now go ahead and make the glaze.
  2. Combine all of the glaze ingredients into a small pot and place over medium heat and reduce the mixture until slightly thickened, just enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Brush chops with glaze and place in preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for a total of about 15 to 20 minutes, basting with glaze periodically.
  4. Allow chops to cool on the pan, tented with foil for 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with remaining glaze, if desired.

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  1. Great idea, Danielle! I like how you unstuffed the chops by placing the stuffing on the bottom of the looks like it worked out great! I'm so glad you liked them and thank for mentioning my Jane Deere!

  2. This is one of those very cozy sounding recipes and I like it for not being too complicated. Pork chops are in the freezer so this is a dish I will try very soon.

  3. These look sooo good! Definitely adding this to my "to try" list :) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower!

  4. I really love the unstuffed idea. I usually steer away from the recipes that call for stuffing things, because it is difficult, so love seeing how well it can be adapted!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

  5. I would love it if you shared this here:

  6. How wonderful and delicious this looks! Thanks for sharing this one. Come visit us. We have a terrific jambalya recipe today.

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  8. Hi Danielle,
    You and I think alike, I just made some Pork with Orange Sauce. Your recipe looks great I will sure give it a try. Hope you are having a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. This looks and sounds awesome. I think I need to make this pronto!


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