Pan-Seared Pork Chop with Pear Compote

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Pan-Seared Pork Chop with Pear Compote

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 ripe but firm Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut into medium-sized pieces
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To make the pear compote, add pears, cinnamon stick and lemon juice to a small saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until pears begin to break down, about 15 minutes, stirring often. Remove cinnamon stick and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot but not smoking, add pork chops. Sear until nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Turn and sear other side, about 5 minutes. Transfer pan to the oven to finish cooking through, about 6 minutes for medium. Let rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. Serve pear compote alongside the pork chop.
  4. Pairs well with wild rice pilaf and steamed green beans.

Yield: 4

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