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Pork Chops with Pear & Ginger Sauce


From EatingWell:  Fall 2004, May/June 1991, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

In this quick saute, vinegar and sugar are caramelized in the skillet, forming a deep, richly flavored base for the sauce. Ginger adds a spicy note that plays against the mild pork and pear.

4 servings | Active Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes



  1. Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Pour off fat from the pan.
  2. Add vinegar and sugar to the pan; stir to dissolve the sugar. Cook over medium-high heat until the syrup turns dark amber, 10 to 20 seconds. Pour in wine (stand back, as the caramel may sputter) and bring to a simmer, stirring. Add broth, pears and ginger; bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add scallions and cook until the pears are tender, about 2 minutes more. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until lightly thickened. Reduce heat to low and return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan; turn to coat with the sauce. Serve immediately.


Per serving : 237 Calories; 5 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 52 mg Cholesterol; 13 g Carbohydrates; 23 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 286 mg Sodium; 635 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat, 1 fat