Tuesday, November 8, 2011

super delicious {no joke} cranberry pork chops

These pork chops happen to be deeeelicious!  And the best part? They only take about 20 minutes to make.  I was partly inspired by that can of cranberry sauce in my pantry that has been staring at me for some time now, but also by the holiday season that is in the air and has a way of influencing what ends up on my table.

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So this is what you'll need to feed 4 {change proportions as needed}:

extra virgin olive oil {i recommend this one}
salt and pepper to taste {and any other seasoning that floats your boat}
4 thinly cut pork chops
1/4 cup of chopped red onion
1/2 can of whole cranberry sauce
1/2 cup {or so} chicken broth or stock
2 tbsp fresh italian parsley

1. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a pan on medium heat.
2. Season both sides of your pork chops with salt, pepper, and anything else you like.
3. Cook seasoned pork chops in pan, about 6 minutes on each side.  After first side is cooked and you've flipped the chops, add your onions. When cooked through, sides should turn a lovely caramel color and of course, no pink in the middle.
4. Add cranberry sauce to pan and deglaze with chicken broth/stock.  Turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes, letting the sauce thicken.
5. Turn off heat and add chopped parsley.
6. That's it.  You're done!  I served this meal with mashed potatoes and an arugula/spinach salad, but do what makes you happy.

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