These skillet maple glazed pork chops with pears are the perfect one-pot weeknight meal. Serve them over rice or alongside mashed potatoes for a hearty fall dinner.
I’m all about the one-pot meals and I’m sure you are too! The less dishes and clean up I have to do, the better. That’s one reason I love cooking in a cast-iron skillet so much. You can get a nice sear on whatever meat you’re cooking up, add in some veggies, and you’re basically done!
I think a lot of times pork chops are forgotten about and how good they can actually be. Plus, the look of a bone-in pork chop can make your simple dinner appear pretty fancy. The reason I love pork is that there are so many different lean cuts to choose from. I will admit, because there are so many choices it can be a little intimidating at the store.
The golden rule when shopping for a lean cut of meat at the grocery store is: think loin and chops.
When you see these two words, it’s going to be an indicator that the cut is lean. When cooking with these lean cuts of meat, you’re definitely going to want to try your hand at brining. With just a little extra planning and time, you will have an even tastier cut of pork.
Before you make this recipe, plan ahead. Brining the pork chops will make them juicier, more flavorful, and tender.
Why pork? Pork is a nutritional powerhouse.
I encourage you to think about pork the next time you find yourself looking for a lean protein choice.
I decided to pair my skillet pork chops with pears because I think we automatically think pork and apples a lot of times. Pears are a great way to add a little fiber to this dish and give it a nice, seasonal twist. I also used maple syrup to glaze the pork chops, which adds a nice, sweet flavor. When serving this dish, you could just serve it as is or you could serve it over seasoned rice or mashed potatoes for a little extra staying power.
What are your favorite pork dishes? Let me know in the comments below.
Skillet Maple Glazed Pork Chops with Pears
Notes: Brine the pork chops for 1-2 hours or overnight for better tenderness, juiciness, and flavor. Simple brine recipe - 2 cups water + 1 tablespoon sugar + 1 tablespoon salt.
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