I prepared this pork chop dish for our Valentine’s Day dinner. This meal is equipped with a savory sweet flavor, which may quench your sweet tooth enough to skip dessert. I always think pork chops are best accented by a sweeter flavor, which this time I decided to complement with roasted pears for a little twist. The stuffing in the pork chops allowed the flavors to pervade from the inside out, giving even more depth for a romantic and unique dinner.
Though a bit complex for a weeknight dinner, it turned out to be a decadent and unique combination that I will archive for future special occasions.
Though a bit complex for a weeknight dinner, it turned out to be a decadent and unique combination that I will definitely archive for future special occasions.
Before putting them in the oven, I coated the pork chops in brown sugar and panko crumbs and then seared them in a maple cider sauce so that they would become crisp on the outside. After sprinkling the pears with brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon, I simmered them in the maple cider sauce as well.
This dish is plenty filling on its own but pairs well with a grain like rice, risotto or couscous. We had a bit of black rice and honey butter garlic bread on the side.