Balsamic Pork Chops

Today marks ONE week until Thanksgiving and I can hardly believe it! Man, does time fly or what??

I’ve decided that the one downside to being a twenty something and living close to my parents and my in-laws is that I don’t have any control over Thanksgiving dinner! Not that I want to change anything, or that I have any complaints about the dinners we get to have. I just think that even though it would be stressful, it would be a heck of a lot of fun to have my house be the one full of family and friends. The upside of course being that I not only get to see everyone, but I just get to show up and eat!
We were going to have our own Thanksgiving dinner just for friends, but somehow it morphed into a Mexican themed dinner party – go figure! 
This recipe was inspired by a friend! As a gift, she gave me two different flavors of olive oil and fancy balsamic vinegar that was infused with apple flavor. The second I opened the gift my mind started churning, trying to figure out how I could use them and what flavors I could pair with the flavors of the oils and vinegar. Before I knew it I had an apple/pork combo in my head. Thanks Erica!!

Oh and if you are still looking for ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner consider these: Fall Quinoa, Hasselback sweet potatoes, salted caramel apple pie, and the layered pumpkin pie.


Balsamic Pork Chops

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


Ingredients in the marinade:
2 cloves of garlic
3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, preferably apple flavored
1 lb. pork chops, boneless
Salt and pepper

Remaining Ingredients:
3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of cheese, crumbled (I recommend something salty like Gruyere)
1 large apple, grated
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Marinade Instructions:
In a large ziplock bag add together all ingredients and zip the bag shut. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. To be honest - I forgot all about them! Two hours later I pulled them out! (Oops!) Bake on a cookie sheet lined with tinfoil at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Other Instructions:
While the pork chops are baking - Pour the balsamic into a small saucepan and place on low heat. Cooking until it's thickened and coats the back of a spoon. This is a balsamic reduction. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
Grade the cheese, and thinly slice the apple. I used my mandolin for slicing the apple into a uniform thin slice, it's completely unnecessary, but it looks so pretty!! When the pork chops have been in for 30 minutes, pull them out, and turn your oven to broil on high. Cover the chops in the cheese and broil until the cheese is fully melted. About 5 minutes. Toss the thinly sliced apple with the red wine vinegar. Plate the pork chops with the slaw on top or off to the side, and the balsamic reduction for dipping!


2 Responses to “Balsamic Pork Chops”

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    elizabeth @ chronic venture — November 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    ummm delish! this looks great. i need more pork chops in my life

  2. #
    Christina Main — November 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Tell me abou it! I seriously looked at my calendar today and GASP’ed with fright. Time is FLYING by!

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