Pork Chops with Pear Sauce

As I was making the sauce part of this recipe, I found myself so very much amused–maybe not amused. Fascinated, perhaps? Anyway, watching the pears cook down into the sauce and seeing the juice and pears transform into an actual sauce I realized something about myself: I really like to cook. Not the every day, slap something together and pray the kid eats it cooking. I mean the actual experimenting and trying something different cooking.

Personally, I’m not ready to do much experimenting on my own so I rely on the cooking website of all cooking websites to do my experimenting for me: Allrecipes.com. I HEART allrecipes.com. Go there and search for coconut milk. Don’t argue, just do it.

You’re now an addict like me and cursing your cupboards for not carrying jasmine rice or coconut milk. Or maybe you’re all fancy and have both those and found a yummy recipe that utilizes both. Or maybe you’re just cooler than all of us and are “so over coconut rice”.

I venture over to allrecipes.com almost daily just to look around. Approximately 50% of the time I’m looking for something I actually plan on cooking. Tonight was one of those times. It was close to 4pm and I needed to start thinking about dinner. Knowing we had pork chops in the fridge I groaned. I LOVE pork chops, but frankly I’m tiring of the tried and true drizzle with lemon then fry&bake. Or bread and fry. Or blah diddy blah and bake. Or fry.

Allrecipes.com provided this little gem:

Pork Chops with Pear Sauce

  • 3 pears – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup pear juice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 thin cut boneless pork chops

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the pears, brown sugar, lemon juice, pear juice, and cinnamon. Bring to boil. Cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  2. Transfer the sauce mixture to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to saucepan, cover, and simmer 15 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the pork chops 8 minutes, turning once, until done. Drizzle with the pear sauce to serve.

YUM! That’s all. Good night.

Kidding. Seriously, though. This was some good shit. I was ever so thrilled my husband had randomly picked up some pears the other day. All I had to do was order him out into the blistering cold so get some pear juice! Ok, I didn’t actually order him out of the house. He was going out anyway and I asked him ever so nicely to pick up the juice. Which is he did. And was glad he did.

Even Jaden ate all of her food without complaint. Once I forced her to try the sauce. Then she was licking it off her plate. Literally.

Couple things about the recipe:

1) It calls for 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. That’s a shit ton of cinnamon. Even I knew that. One of the reviewers said she reduced it to 1 tablespoon and it was perfect. I did that, and yes it worked.

2) It took me about 40 minutes in step one to get the sauce to thicken. Maybe next time I’ll turn the flame up a bit more. I really didn’t want to burn it.

3) The chops also took much longer. Roughly twice as long because these were some thick-ass chops.

4) Unlike the sorry-ass pic on the recipe page of some bland looking peas, we served our chops with some super buttered cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes. And MY sauce looked way better than that pic. Just sayin’.

5) There was a lot of sauce left over so I took the advice of one of the reviewers and “cooked it down and made a pear butter”. At least I think I made a pear butter. We’ll find out in the morning. I will say I had way too much fun playing with it while it was cooking down. Spreading it around with the rubber scraper, building up little mountains then flattening them…wow, I am such a dork.

In conclusion: This is a longer meal to make anyway but with my added time it took a good two hours to make. So, not something I’ll be making every week but something I will definitely be making again.
(Leah and Kevin aren’t you proud of me!)

Now, off to continue my domestic transformation by gluing sequins on my daughter’s christmas stocking.

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3 Responses

  1. I am, once again, in complete awe of your mad cooking skills, Miss FancypantsCookLady. You are good! 🙂

  2. you aint got nuttin on my Cheesecake delight cookies….YUUUUUUUUMMMMYYYYY 🙂

  3. Yes, I am very proud of you! Sounds delicious!

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