What’s for dinner Wednesday: Maple Glazed Pork Chops

20 Jun

Pork chops with maple and brown sugar glaze. Who wouldn’t love that?

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.

A cookbook from Grandma Grello’s house. Lots of yummy looking recipes in here!

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.

Shocker.

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.

I doubled the recipe for the glaze because I had a lot of pork chops, but I did not double the amount of brown sugar. That would have been too much.

INGREDIENTS

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)

I sprinkled very generously with brown sugar!

DIRECTIONS

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.

See? Doesn’t that look good? I served ours over brown rice.

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6 Responses to “What’s for dinner Wednesday: Maple Glazed Pork Chops”

  1. mrichard608@yahoo.com June 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi Jen… So did the kids love it? It is so hard to get Aidyn to eat anything other than chicken so may have to try this :)Great seeing you yesterday and getting to talk! Melissa

    • thewholebagofchips June 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Sigh….they did not. ;0
      Elizabeth said yes though, she’d like your ice cream bar cake for her birthday this summer.
      I’m going to try it and let you know how it goes. What kind of fudge did you use to spread between it?
      The one I get in the jars seems so gloppy it wouldn’t spread?? Good to see you and thanks for reading!! 😉

      • mrichard608@yahoo.com June 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

        Oh ok.. forget convincing Aidyn then lol….

        I actually did use the fudge in the jar, but i put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it. Yes– please let me know how it goes, believe me if I can make it anyone can 🙂

  2. Sue Meyerson June 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    maybe your family needs to become Jewish and then they won’t have to eat pork chops!

  3. Aubrey West @ Healthy Easy Recipes July 17, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just ate my lunch but I feel like eating again and having all of these foods. Thanks author!

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