These Pork Chops Are The Perfect Combination Of Sweet And Salty

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I love combining sweet and savory flavors, and I think pork chops meld perfectly with the orange and maple flavors in this dish. The caramelized pecans are added at the end to finish the dish with a light crunchy texture. Serves 4.


    • 4 thick cut pork chops
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup chopped caramelized pecans

TIP: You can buy caramelized pecans in high end grocery stores and specialty cheese shops if you don’t know how to make your own.

  • ¼ orange juice
  • ¼ maple syrup
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Generously coat both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a 10” frying pan on high and add canola oil.
  4. When oil is hot, add the chops and cook for 4-6 minutes, until golden on one side.
  5. Flip the chops and put entire pan in oven for 10 minutes. Cook times may vary depending, so be sure to check that the chops are cooked through.
  6. Rest chops on a platter and tent with aluminum foil to allow the chops to become tender and juicy.
  7. While chops are tented, deglaze pan with orange juice, maple syrup, and chicken broth/stock.
  8. Cook glaze on high until reduced by half and the sauce thickens.
  9. Top pork chops with glaze and finish with the chopped pecans.

Previously published in The Humble Gourmand, 2009.