Maple-Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops with Thyme Poached Quince

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Tommye Solem

Ingredients (Pork Chops):

8 boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil (try our Arbosana, Picholine, Leccino or Frantoio/Leccino)
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1/3 cup Vermont Maple Balsamic Vinegar

Ingredients (Thyme Poached Quince):

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup Pumpkin Spice White Balsamic Vinegar
1 - 3" sprig fresh thyme
1 ripe quince (about 10 oz.) peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (apples can be substituted by reducing the poaching time to 20 minutes)

Instructions: Thyme Poache Quince

Bring water and balsamic to a simmer in a 2 - 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Add the quince and sprig of thyme. Simmer, gently stirring once or twice, until quince is tender, about 35 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig, drain quince in a sieve set over a bowl and reserve for pan sauce.

Instructions for Pork Chops:

Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. In nonstick 12 inch skillet, heat the EVOO over med-high heat. Cook chops 4 minutes one side, turn over and cook 3 minutes the other side. Transfer to platter and keep warm. Increase heat to high. Stir shallot into pan juices; cook 2 minutes. Stir in the balsamic and cook down for an additional 2 minutes. Add the strained poached quince to the pan and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

To serve, ladle the pan sauce and quinces over the pork chops.

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