Balsamic Cranberry Pork Chop

Milena Kukurekovic

Balsamic Cranberry Pork Chop

Pork is such a versatile meat and the foodie in me feels like it's becoming a more and more popular menu item at many restaurants - especially it's crispier, fattier alter-ego, bacon. For those of you who enjoy a bit of sweet and savoriness to your meat, pork is definitely the way to go. Here's a pork chop recipe with balsamic cranberry sauce that will give steak a run for its money! Just don't tell your kids you're eating Porky Pig, they might need therapy later.

What you need:

  • 1 cup cranberries (whole)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar (or more, if you like)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork chops
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


Boil the cranberries, oil, water and sugar then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the berries are soft and most of the water has evaporated. What you have left is a homemade cranberry sauce that would make your grandma jealous! Preheat the oven to 350 while you prep a medium baking dish with olive oil. Rinse your pork chops, pat them dry and season them liberally with salt and pepper before placing them in the baking dish. Cover the pan with aluminum foil to hold in the moisture and bake the pork chops for about 30 minutes, then turn them and continue baking another 30 minutes or until done. When they're finished, remove the pork form the oven, transfer it to a platter and cover with the aluminum foil and let it sit while you finish the cranberry sauce. Pour the drippings into a sauce pan over medium-high heat and add butter, onions, and rosemary. Cook until the onions are soft - about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about another minute. Add the broth and continue cooking, scraping up the bits from the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the cranberry sauce and balsamic vinegar and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Serve your pork chops with a drizzling of cranberry sauce and a sprig of Rosemary! That's all, folks. 10.75" White Square Plastic Dinner Plates

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