Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

 

The story behind Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

Want something tasty and simple for dinner?  Then this is it!  Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops.

Using a commercially prepared Balsamic Glace (or Glaze) makes this dish a snap.  If you don’t have a jar of it, you can make your own balsamic reduction by combining balsamic vinegar with a bit of sugar (I use about 1/2 cup balsamic to 1 teaspoon sugar) cook it down on a fairly low heat until reduced to a thick glaze.  But commercially prepared glace is so readily available and convenient, I always have some on hand.  It’s great not only for these Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops but is wonderful drizzled over a salad, some bruschetta or a Caprese Salad!  A little bit packs a lot of flavors.  Colavita made a very good Balsamic Glace that can be found in many supermarkets or purchased online.

Most people cook pork to death because of “trichinosis“, a parasite that was passed on to humans by wild or backyard pigs.  This is not the case anymore with commercially raised pigs, so please, keep the meat nice and moist; just a touch of pink is fine.  A quick brine, while not necessary, will also help keep the meat moist.  To brine, simply add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup salt to about 1 gallon of cold water; place the chops in and let them sit for 15 – 30 minutes.  Drain; pat dry and proceed with the recipe.

 

Sliced Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

 

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops (you can use bone in or boneless)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic glace, or as needed
  • Dried thyme
  • Fresh chopped thyme, optional

Method

Step 1

Rub the pork chops with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with dried thyme. Heat a well-seasoned pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat; add the pork chops and cook, turning occasionally and brushing with the glace, until cooked through and well glazed. Sprinkle with thyme leaves, if desired.


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Elle on January 17, 2014

    It’s on my list of meals to prepare next week Linda!

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    • posted by LindySez on January 17, 2014

      Please let me know how you like it!

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  2. posted by Cher on January 17, 2014

    Linda – seriously – you could write a book with all of this fabulousness in it!!

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    • posted by LindySez on January 17, 2014

      More than one has said that…working on something like that, but isn’t this something like that?

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  3. posted by Jessica on January 17, 2014

    I don’t eat pork, but I would imagine this glaze could go well with chicken, right?

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    • posted by LindySez on January 17, 2014

      Of course it would Jessica, it would be perfect flavoring up a boneless, tasteless, skinless chicken breast!

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    283
  • Protein
    22g
  • Carbohydrate
    2g
  • Dietary Fiber
    0mg
  • Cholesterol
    70mg
  • Sodium
    322mg
  • Fat
    21g (6g Sat, 11g Mono, 2g Poly)
  • Nutritional information is provided as a guideline only and may not be 100% accurate

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