Red Wine and Cranberry Pork Chops

So, let’s mix things up a bit.

I usually don’t cook pork because it’s a difficult meat.  It’s either too dry, or it’s too dry.  Pouring applesauce over it doesn’t redeem the dish, it just covers up the problem.  

Pork can be a great medium with which to cook since it is so versatile with flavors: you could do salty, you could do sweet, you could do a stew, you could do stir fry.  But if you don’t get the right balance, it’s just useless.

But tonight, my friends…tonight, I will introduce a pork dish that will blow your mind.

At least that was my reaction!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork chops, 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 cups of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of wine (use good wine, it’ll be worth it)
  • garlic powder, kosher salt
  • olive oil

 

How To Get This Baby Going:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Take a large pan and cover the bottom with olive oil.  Get it heated up on high heat and then place the pork chops in the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the kosher salt and garlic powder on top. Let them cook for 3 minutes and then flip them over, sprinkle garlic powder and kosher salt on them and cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Use tongs and take them out of the pan and place them into a casserole dish and put them in the oven.
  5. Now, take the red wine, onions and dried cranberries and put them all into the pan.  When it has warmed up, add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
  6. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the onions are pretty much cooked.
  7. Then, take the casserole dish out of the oven and use your tongs to place them back into the pan, on top of everything.
  8. Cook for another 3 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!!  This is so deliciously yummy and sophisticated. Plus, you have a bottle of red wine to go along with it already!

 

Side Salad:

I would recommend for a side salad

  • chopped romaine lettuce, sliced red bell peppers, dried cranberries, sliced mozzarella (I’ll be honest, I slice up string cheese sticks)
  • drizzled olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and dried parsley

 

 

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