Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage and Shallots

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers! It’s a long weekend from coast to coast and I hope you are enjoying the time with family and friends.

This post was written and scheduled last week, so that I could spend my holiday baking pumpkin pies, roasting the turkey and dishing up dinner around my table. We’re hosting a wonderful big gang for a feast today and I am definitely in my happy place- the kitchen!

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Okay, now on to today’s recipe and a recipe round-up from our #EatSeasonal blogging group.

Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage and Shallots | Simple Bites

I’ve temporarily set aside apples in my kitchen and have been giving pears the spotlight instead. It’s a good decision, because dessert recipes such as Extra Crispy Pear Lavender Crisp and Spice Pear Gingerbread are essential for fall.

Pears are also delicious in savoury dishes, especially paired with garden herbs and young alliums (onions, garlic, etc). In today’s recipe, pears, fresh sage and braised shallots join forces to liven up a rather unexciting pan of pork chops.

Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage and Shallots | Simple Bites

Thanks to warm fall temperatures and no sign of frost yet, I still have a thriving herb plot with an abundance of green and purple sage. I paired sage with grilled chicken earlier in the summer, but I am finding that it is also excellent with bold flavoured fall dishes such as this roast pork.

Green Anjou pears are ripe and plentiful in Quebec right now. Most pears hold up very well to cooking (I also like to roast them for breakfast) as long as you prepare them when they are ‘firm-ripe’. Now I’m not sure if this is an official culinary term, but it happens when they are partially ripe, but before they are really soft. You get my drift!

Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage and Shallots | Simple Bites

Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage and Shallots
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This simple and seasonal dish pairs pork chops with garden sage, orchard pears and soft braised shallots.
Ingredients
  • 4 1-inch-thick bone-in pork chops (about 2 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 firm-ripe pears, washed, quartered and cored
  • 5 medium shallots, peeled and quartered
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage, loosely packed
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Heat a cast iron or heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Preheat over to 400F. Have all ingredients prepped and ready to go.
  2. Pat pork chops dry with a paper town and season on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Heat olive oil in the pan and then carefully lower the pork chops into the pan with a pair of tongs.
  3. Sear pork for about 4 minutes on one side, allowing a dark crust to form. Flip the chop and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the quartered pears around the pork chops and send the pan to the oven. Roast for about 8 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chop registers 130F.
  4. While the chops roast, reheat the cast iron skillet over medium high heat and tip in the shallots. Pour in the apple cider vinegar, apple juice and ginger. Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove pork chops and pears from the oven. With tongs, transfer the pears to the pan with the shallots to continue cooking them. Add any juices from the pork to the sauce. Set aside the pork to rest.
  6. Increase the heat to high under the sauce with pears and shallots. Sprinkle in the sage, pour in the maple syrup and add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt.. Boil until the mixture reduces and thickens.
  7. Lower heat and return the pork chops to the pan, as well as any accumulated juices. Dot with butter and spoon the sauce over the pork as the butter melts. The reheated pork chops need to only reach about 145F. Don't overcook them!
  8. Plate the pork chop over rice or mashed potatoes and arrange the roasted pears and braised shallots around the pork. Spoon the sauce over the top and serve at once.
Notes
Note that cooking times will vary depending on the ripeness of the pears and the thickness of the pork chop. Test both regularly for doneness during the cooking process.

October Eat Seasonal

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From soup to salmon, cake to chili, here’s what else our #EatSeasonal group of bloggers have cooked up for October. These original recipe are straight up comfort food, so enjoy!

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Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie by Kitchen Confidante

Roasted Chicken with Figs and Butternut Squash by Vintage Mixer

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Chorizo, Black Bean, and Kabocha Squash Chili by Flavor the Moments

Spiced Zucchini Pear Cake with Brown Butter Glaze by Completely Delicious

Orange Spiced Salmon with Spaghetti Squash by Foodie Crush

Marinated Zucchini with Red Peppers and Garlic Project Domestication

Roasted Red Cabbage Wedges with Za’atar by Floating Kitchen

Happy Thanksgiving!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, friend! I’ve been enjoying seeing all your IG stories lately. Looks like you’re preparing a wonderful meal! Love this beautiful Fall dish. Hooray for giving pears some attention!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you friend!! My favorite holiday all year. And this recipes looks awesome. I can’t wait for pears to be ripe here!!

  3. This meal is what pork chops were made for! I love how rustic and comforting this is, and I’m adding it to my meal plan soon!

  4. Now the vegetarian me is trying to finger out how this wonderful flavor combo of pear, ginger and apple cider vinegar will be with tempeh! Ha. Really. I’ll let you know!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! The pears are just starting to come into our markets and I love this take on a beautiful classic pork chop. The fall flavors in this dish are wonderful!

  6. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you! 🙂 My husband has been requesting some pork chop recipes lately…I will have to give this a whirl!

  7. Thanks for the round-up! Seasonal inspiration is always appreciated 🙂 Also, can I say how much I love that Canada has Thanksgiving a month before the U.S.? This gives me time to copy my favorite parts of what you did without losing my mind…

  8. Aimee–thanks for such a delicious recipe! My husband and I just moved to Luanda, Angola about two weeks ago. When I saw this recipe on your blog, I knew I wanted to make it. I couldn’t find all the ingredients here. I have not seen apple juice or apple cider vinegar or shallots, so I subbed with some pear nectar and red wine vinegar and yellow onions with a bit of garlic. The finished dish did not look much like yours, but it was very delicious none-the-less and there were no left-overs. I plan to make this for my family when we are back in the US and I can get all the original ingredients called for. I have enjoyed your blog for several years now and have loved watching your children grow. Thanks again!

  9. What a delicious dinner! This was thoroughly enjoyed by all – even my 3 kids!

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