Pear season — Pork chops, potatoes and sauteed pears

PORK CHOP WITH PEARS AND CIDER

Apples and citrus are generally the go-to fruits that end up in your dinner. But this month, try cooking with pears. Some of the nation’s top chefs are experimenting with the winter fruit— from dehydrating to pickling — and using them in dishes beyond desserts.

According to the Pear Bureau Northwest the best way to know when pears are ripe is if you check their neck. “Pears ripen from the inside out, so check the neck or stem end, which is the narrowest area of the pear, to determine ripeness. Gently press your thumb against the neck and if it yields slightly, it’s ripe and sweet. If you wait until the pear is soft around the middle, then it may be overripe.”

Now that you know when you’re fruit is good to go. Try the recipe below:

Pork Chops with Pears and Cider
Start your week off right with this delicious weeknight dinner of pork chops, potatoes, and sautéed pears. This dish will pleasethe entire family—and it makes delicious leftovers,too!

Ingredients
2 to 3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, sliced ½-inchthick
1 medium onion, root intact, cut in eighths
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic
5 large rosemary sprigs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 bone-in pork chops, ¾- to 1-inch thick, or 6 to 8ounces each
2 USA Pears, cored and cut in eighths
¾ cup pear or apple cider
½ cup vegetable stock
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes and onions with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 3 whole garlic cloves, and the leaves from a sprig of rosemary. Spread the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 20 to 30 minutes, or until potatoes are light brown and tender when pierced with a fork.

While the potatoes and onions are in the oven, thinly slice the remaining 3 cloves of garlic. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, sliced garlic, and 4 rosemary sprigs over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed frying pan. Sauté until the garlic is lightly golden and the olive oil is infused with flavors of garlic and rosemary. Remove the garlic slices and set aside. Discard the rosemary.

Season the pork chops with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Return the skillet to the stove and heat the infused oil in pan over high heat. Arrange the chops in the pan and sear until nicely browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the chops and brown on the second side, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add the pears to the pan, lower the heat, and continue cooking until pears become tender and lightly brown and the chops cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the chops and pears from the pan and pour all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan.

Pour the cider in the pan and reduce by half over medium high heat, continuously scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the stock and reduce by half again. Add the butter, stirring until melted, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return the pears to the pan.


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