Pork Chops with a Maple Sauce

I found a recipe for pork chops on Simply Recipes that I couldn’t resist.  This recipe took some time to make because of the caramelized onions but it was totally worth it!  The pork and maple sauce smelled amazing while baking in the oven.  The pork was tender and juicy and the sauce was EXCELLENT!  We all  loved this recipe and gobbled up every last bite.  I served these pork chops with a tossed green salad and mashed potatoes for a delicious and healthy meal.

Make caramelized onions if desired:  Place the 2 teaspoons of oil into a large oven proof braising Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring often, for 20-30 minutes, or until caramelized and golden brown.  Season with sea salt, to taste.  Side Note: If the skillet gets dry, add a tablespoon of water or two.  Remove from the Dutch oven and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a braising Dutch oven that is coated in cooking spray and over medium heat.  Add the seasoned pork chops to the HOT pan.  Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown then flip; cook for 1-2 minutes then remove from the Dutch oven to a plate.  Cover with a tin foil tent.

Add the butter and the last teaspoon of oil to the Dutch oven and add the onions.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes or until tender and golden brown; add the chili powder; cook stirring constantly for 1 minutes.  Add the vinegar, maple syrup, water, Worcestershire sauce, and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste.  Stir well then add the pork chops back into the Dutch oven uncovered and place into the oven.  Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.  Remove from the oven.

Place the pork on a serving plate with a tin foil tent and let the meat rest for 5 minutes. If you prefer a thicker sauce, heat the sauce over medium high heat then whisk in the flour until well combined and thick. Drizzle the sauce over the pork chops then serve with the caramelized onions on the side.  Enjoy.

 

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Pork Chops with a Maple Sauce

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 45 min.

Total Time: 55 min.

Ingredients:

3 tsp olive oil (divided)
1/2 sweet yellow onion, sliced
3 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup of diced yellow onion
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/4 cup of water
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tbsp flour, to thicken

Directions:

Make caramelized onions if desired: Place the 2 teaspoons of olive oil into a large oven proof braising Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook, stirring often, for 20-30 minutes, or until caramelized and golden brown. Season with sea salt, to taste. Side Note: If the skillet gets dry, add a tablespoon of water or two. Remove from the Dutch oven and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a braising Dutch oven that is coated in cooking spray and over medium heat. Add the seasoned pork chops to the HOT pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown then flip; cook for 1-2 minutes then remove from the Dutch oven to a plate. Cover with a tin foil tent.

Add the butter and the last teaspoon of oil to the Dutch oven and add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes or until tender and golden brown; add the chili powder; cook stirring constantly for 1 minutes. Add the vinegar, maple syrup, water, Worcestershire sauce, and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste. Stir well then add the pork chops back into the Dutch oven uncovered and place into the oven. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the pork is cooked through. Remove from the oven.

Place the pork on a serving plate with a tin foil tent and let the meat rest for 5 minutes. If you prefer a thicker sauce, heat the sauce over medium high heat then whisk in the flour until well combined and thick. Drizzle the sauce over the pork chops then serve with the caramelized onions on the side. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Simply Recipes

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21 Responses to “Pork Chops with a Maple Sauce”

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    Tami — September 6, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Boy does that ever look and sound delicious!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 6, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    That pork looks so juicy! And of course I’ll make the caramelized onions!

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    Kim in MD — September 7, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    Wow…these pork chops are seriously drool worthy!

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    Mary — September 7, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Everything about this recipe is calling to me. I bet the maple syrup and the caramelized onions created one heck of an awesome sauce!

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    Joanne — September 7, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    I actually think I remember making these back when I still ate meat! Pork and maple definitely go really well together.

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    Lia — September 7, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    UAU Pam.
    These chops looks so mouth watering and succulent!
    Cheers and hope you have a fabulous weekend,
    Lia.

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    Carmen Rosa — September 7, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    I always make my pork chops the same boring way. This recipe sounds delicious, I will try it the next time I make pork chops.

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    Marjie — September 7, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    I never thought of putting maple syrup and Worcestershire Sauce together! This sounds like it would be a good seasoning for pork or chicken. Have a great weekend, Pam.

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    Peggy Recker — September 7, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    Oh those sound very good

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    Minnie(@thelady8home) — September 7, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    OMG these looks so great. Mouthwatering!!!!! :-D

    How about joining me also. I am hosting a gala dinner extravaganza, a fabulous linky party for all. It’s going to go on for the entire weekend. You can post anything – appetizers, drinks, soups, stews, desserts, finger foods – anything that takes your fancy. You can also post party decor or other party related ideas.
    Please come and join the party and help me make it a success.
    http://www.thelady8home.com/2012/09/06/weekend-dinner-extravaganza/

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    Diane — September 8, 2012 @ 5:12 am

    Mmmmm this sounds delicious, have bookmarked this for a rainy day. Have a great weekend Diane

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    Larry — September 8, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    When I read the title I thought way to sweet for me, but after reading, it sounds and looks outsatanding.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 8, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I am thinking of making some chicken wings with your maple sauce. Looks delish!

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    Mary — September 8, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    Oh these looks absolutely wonderfu – we haven’t had pork for a while – I think we’ll be eating these soon!
    Mary x

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    Rhonda — September 9, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    This is an amazing combo, and I have not had a pork chop in a million years. Thanks for sharing!

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    teresa — September 9, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    i’ll definitely be making these, i have chops in the freezer that are begging to be used up. they look awesome!

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    grace — September 10, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    i love pork with a number of sauces and garnishes, but this is extra special. maple syrup is one of my favorite ingredients!

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    Janis — September 11, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    I just bought a value pack of pork chops on sale and I was wondering how I was going to prepare the first half. Now I know exactly what I’m going to do! This looks scrumptious! Thanks for helping me make tonight’s dinner.

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    Chris — September 19, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    Totally pinning this to adapt to the grill! It looks gorgeous and sounds mouthwatering!

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    Vivian [Mr] Mathews — June 20, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    1. What is a Dutch oven [I have never heard of it in South Africa]

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    Pam — June 20, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    A Dutch oven is a heavy cooking pot with a tightly fitting lid that is good for braising. Dutch ovens are also excellent for making soups and stews. A Dutch oven can be used either on the stovetop or in the oven, and they’re usually made of cast iron.

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