Years ago, when I saw this recipe, I almost passed it over. The thought of maple syrup and pork chops didn't sound appealing. But, I had all the ingredients on hand ... and I was a little intrigued by the chili powder addition. I'm so glad that I made this - to this day, it's one of my husband's favorite dishes.
I found this recipe in Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking magazine nearly four years ago and I have been making it ever since (with a few of my own changes, of course)! I, probably much like you, have had my share of dry, flavorless pork chops - but this dish is the exact opposite! 8 basic ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) - so simple and delicious! Enjoy!
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Spicy Pork Chops with a Ginger Maple Sauce
Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking Magazine
4 boneless pork chops
small sweet onion
1 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 rounded tsp. chili powder
1/2 rounded tsp. black pepper
1/2 rounded tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup maple syrup
1. Slice the small onion and saute in a large pan with olive oil and powdered ginger.
2. Combine chili powder, pepper, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
3. Trim the fat off of the pork chops and then place each side of the pork chop in the spice mixture to coat.
4. Move the onions to the side of the pan and place the pork chops in the pan and brown each side (30 seconds each side).
5. Add in the chicken stock and syrup, cover, and simmer until pork chops are cooked through (this will not take long and varies according to thickness).
The key is to touch the center with your finger, they should feel firm, but still "give" a little.
If you enjoy a thicker sauce, you may want to add a bit of cornstarch. We enjoy the thin sauce.... it runs down into the rice and blends perfectly!
We love to pair this with a wild vegetable rice, applesauce, and asparagus.
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