Did you ever hear it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?
I think I’m well on my way down that insanity path.
My family doesn’t love pork chops. I’d almost venture to say some of them are close to saying they hate pork chops.
However, I really like “the other white meat” and I’m determined to find a recipe for pork chops that they like.
So every so often, I try a new recipe. I wait for the results, everyone says they don’t like them, and we move on until I find the next one.
Nine times out of ten, I personally like the recipe.
Today’s recipe is one of my attempts at tricking my family into liking pork chops. I got it out of a cookbook from Grandma Grello and I liked seeing her little notes and recipes stuck in amongst the pages as I went through it.
I figured that if they were smothered in maple syrup in brown sugar 1) I’d like them a lot and 2) they’d think they were pancakes. Or waffles. And like them.
I liked them a lot, they did not.
Back to the drawing board.
If you are someone who does enjoy pork chops and you also enjoy recipes of the “sweet” variety, you’ll be in luck with this one.
Try it out and see what you think.
1/2 cup all purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
4 bone in pork chops (I used eight)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine (I doubled this recipe)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
2/3 cup packed brown sugar (no need to double)
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper.
Add pork chops and shake to coat (I could not do more than 2 at a time or they wouldn’t get fully coated.)
In a skillet, brown the chops on both sides in butter.
Place in an ungreased 13x9x2″ baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, (I used the same skillet) bring the vinegar to a boil.
Reduce heat; add maple syrup. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the maple mixture.
Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Place chops on a broiler pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Broil 4″ from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is melted.
Drizzle with maple glaze.