Recipe Details

Apple-Cranberry Sirloin Chops

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

4 boneless sirloin pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup apple cider, OR apple juice
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cooking Directions

Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick coating. Heat over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of chops with pepper. Brown chops on each side in hot skillet. Add apple cider. Cover tightly; cook over low heat for about 8 minutes or until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.

In a small bowl combine cranberry sauce, honey, orange juice concentrate, ginger and nutmeg. Pour over chops. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until heated through.

Serves 4.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe will work with any type of pork chop. The apple and cranberry combination tastes great as a quick and easy fall meal. Try serving this recipe with acorn squash wedges, marinated green beans, and French bread.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 248 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 69 milligrams
Cholesterol: 67 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 28 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

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About the Cut: Chop

Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

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About the Cooking Method: Braising

COOKING BASICS:
1. Coat meat lightly with seasoned flour, if desired.
2. In a large, heavy pan with lid, brown meat on all sides in a small amount of oil; remove excess drippings from pan.
3. Cover meat with desired liquid(s).
4. Cover pan and simmer over low heat on stove or in a low to moderate (275 to 300 degrees F.) oven for 1 to 3 hours, until tender.
5. If adding vegetables, add toward end of cooking time, during the last 20 to 45 minutes.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

The best way to defrost pork is in the refrigerator in its wrapping. Defrosting a 1 inch chop will take 12-14 hours.


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It’s important to note that all pork chops cook the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop. Thickness can vary from ½ to 2 inches. Whether you choose chops boneless for convenience or chops with the bone attached for their attractive appearance, the cooking time is the same. Pork chops are likely the least intimidating of all pork cuts because they are so easy to prepare.

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