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Pork with Plum Chutney

Pork with Plum Chutney

I had very ripe plums and wanted to use them in a savory dish rather than a dessert. We had made a pear chutney in cooking class a few days before, so that gave me the idea of using the plums in a chutney. I had some pork loin defrosted and I thought they would work well together. I was not disappointed.

I started by pitting and chopping up the plums. They were very ripe. I say in the recipe it was 2 cups, but let’s say a generous 2 cups. You can be off a little bit here. A few more plums aren’t going the hurt anything. I threw everything in a pot and let it cook until the mixture thickened. After it was finished I added a little honey because it seemed too tart. Trust your taste here for how much sweetening it needs.

Here is the recipe for the chutney and for the pork.

Plum Chutney

2 c. pitted chopped plums

1 small onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, sliced thin

¼ c. balsamic vinegar

¼ c. brown sugar

2 T.  honey

1 t. cinnamon

Salt, pepper and cayenne to taste

Combine all ingredients, except the seasonings in a medium saucepan and s= cook over medium heat until thickened. This took about 20 minutes, maybe a bit longer. As the mixture gets thicker, stir more often to prevent sticking. I added the honey later as the chutney seemed too tart when it was finished. That is partly based on how sweet the fruit is and your personal taste. Makes about 2 cups. Will keep in fridge for weeks. Great on pork, duck and chicken or served with cheese and crackers as an appetizer.    

Pork with Plum Chutney

1 lb. boneless pork, cubed

2 T. cornstarch

2 T. sherry, not cooking sherry

1 T. soy sauce

Oil

Additional cornstarch for dredging

Salt and pepper

About ¾ c. plum chutney

Place cubed pork in a small bowl and combine with the cornstarch, sherry and oil. Chill several hours, if possible. Heat oil in skillet. Dredge the pork in cornstarch and sauté until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and spoon any excess oil out of the pan. Add the chutney and simmer until heated through. Serves 3-4.

Plum Chutney

Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Pomegranate Glaze

Herb Crusted Pork Chop with Pomegranate Glaze

Since so many people are cooking pork for the New Year, I thought I would share this recipe for pork chops. I made this recipe the other night and was so happy with the way the pork chops tasted. It was really pretty simple. The key to cooking pork is not to overcook it. These were lean pork chops and they could have dried out easily.

You don’t want pork to be raw, but it can be a little link in the middle. This one was juicy and very tender, too. I used pomegranate jelly to give it a sweetness. If you don’t have pomegranate jelly, you could use cherry jelly instead. Either would work nicely.

The Tuscan Seasoning I used is my own blend. The recipe for that follows. You can use it in all sorts of dishes. I love adding it to soups, or combining it with olive oil and dipping bread into it.

Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Pomegranate Glaze

pork chops – allow 1 large chop per person

salt- I used pink salt

Tuscan seasoning- recipe follows

Pomegranate jelly- 2 Tablespoons for each pork chop

Heat skillet over medium high heat. While pan heats up, sprinkle each pork chop with salt and the Tuscan seasoning. Rub seasoning mix all over the chops to cover well. Place chops in skillet and cook until nice and golden on one side before turning. Continue cooking until chop is golden on both sides. The pork chops I was cooking were about an inch thick. I kept them over a medium heat- so it would cook through without burning. I prefer my pork just a little pink in the middle. Feel free to cook your chops longer, until meat gets to the doneness level you prefer.

Once the chops are close to done, spoon the jelly into the skillet. As the jelly melts, spoon it over the chops. Remove the chops to rest a few minutes before serving. Continue cooking the jelly in the pan until thickened and a little syrupy. Spoon over the chops before serving.

Tuscan Seasoning

½ c. dried basil

½ c. dried oregano

½ c. dried marjoram

3 T. dried minced onion

2 T. dried minced garlic

2 T. dried rosemary

2 T. dried parsley

1 t. crushed red pepper

Use this blend in tomato sauce or other Italian dishes. Also, you can add to vinegar and oil with a little salt, if desired, to make a quick salad dressing.

Orange Glazed Pork Roast

Orange Glazed Pork Roast

Orange Glazed Pork Roast

We made this is class last night. It’s a wonderful and easy way to make your next pork roast special. The secret is a pretty simple glaze of orange juice, brown sugar and spices. The result is a roast with a slightly sweet flavor and lovely aroma. While the recipe calls for a pork loin I used a sirloin pork roast and it was really good.

Orange Glazed Roasted Pork Loin

 4½ to 5 lb. loin of pork (10 chops)

2 teaspoons salt

freshly ground pepper

1-cup orange juice

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan. Insert thermometer; do not let it touch bone. Rub in the salt and pepper Roast for 35 minutes to the pound, or until it reaches 145 degrees. In a small saucepan, mix the orange juice, sugar, ginger & cloves. Simmer for 30 minutes. Brush this glaze at least twice over the pork while it is roasting.

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