Saturday, December 28, 2013

Caramelized Pork Chops with Onion Jam

I saw this meal idea when someone posted it on Facebook, and I thought the recipe looked super easy but super delicious.  And it is, both of those things.  Now, if you want your onions really good and caramelized, this will take a bit of time, but it's more waiting than working.  You just need some patience! This is a great pork chop recipe and it will likely become a staple in our recipe repertoire.  Here is what I did:

Caramelized Pork Chops with Onion Jam
(serves 2-3)
  • 2-3 pork chops (I used bone-in, but boneless is fine too)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • Herbs de Provence
  • olive oil 
  • 1-2 T balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • splash of chicken stock (water is fine, too)
First, get started on the onions.  Slice the onion into thin slices and heat a skillet over medium heat.  Add a bit of olive oil, then toss in the onions.  Move them around a bit and cook them for a few minutes until they start to get translucent.  Season with salt, pepper, and some Herbs de Provence.  Continue to cook, stirring around occasionally, for about 30 minutes until completely caramelized.  Add the end, add the balsamic vinegar and stir it around, then let the onions sit just a few minutes longer.

As those cook, season the pork chops with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning on both sides.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high and add about 1 T olive oil.  Once it is hot, add the pork chops to the pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until browned.  Once they have nice crispy sides, pour a splash of chicken broth (or water) into the pan and cover immediately.  Steam the pork chops for about 5 minutes to cook them through.  It will be very hot and steamy in the pan!  Once cooked, remove them from the pan.

To serve, scoop some of the onions onto each pork chop, and serve with a delicious veggie side.  I roasted some butternut squash to go along with the chops.  The meal was super flavorful and delicious, and we would highly recommend it. Enjoy!

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