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Pork Chops with Date and Dried Cherry Dressing

No recipe image available.Pork chops are topped with a sweet-and-savory dressing and bake undisturbed for 45 minutes—time enough to toss a salad, and open a bottle of wine.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 boneless pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup brown sugar - divided use
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup thinly sliced leek
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup pitted whole dates, snipped
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 cups dried bread cubes

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Brush chops with 2 tablespoons melted butter; arrange in a shallow casserole. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; spoon 2 tablespoons brown sugar on top of chops.
  3. For dressing, in a medium saucepan melt 3 tablespoons butter. Saute leeks and carrot for 5 minutes, until leeks are tender. Stir in dates, orange juice and cherries; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in pecans, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, orange peel and nutmeg. Stir in bread cubes to moisten.
  4. Spoon stuffing over the chops, spreading to cover.
  5. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes, or until chops are tender.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of National Pork Board.