I recently purchased a whole pork loin, so I was pressed to figure out what to do with it! I cut part of it into 1" chops and came up with this recipe on the fly. Whatya know? It's easy, quick and actually quite tasty! My family raved, so I guess it has found its place among my arsenal of recipes.
Bring pork chops to room temp, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper (on both sides) before cooking.
Pour oil in large, heavy skillet...heat over medium-high heat until really hot (sorry, I didn't measure temp--but it was searingly hot).
In bowl, combine cranberry sauce and orange peel. Stir until well blended.
You'll only need about half of this mixture, So, put 1/2 of this cranberry/orange mixture in sealed plastic container, refrigerate and save for later (it makes a TOTALLY yummy spread for your toast).
To remaining half of cranberry/orange mix add balsamic vinegar and stir until blended.
Arrange pork chops in hot skillet and sear just until browned then flip over and sear other side (about 2 min per side).
**NOTE** This stuff splatters so be careful not to get burned!
Transfer seared pork chops to 8x8 baking dish. Add 2-3 TBS water in bottom of pan. Spread pork chops, generously, with cranberry mixture. Place on middle rack of preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
At very end of baking time, switch oven to broil to "caramelize" cranberry glaze. Watch it closely...this only takes a minute or so.
Remove from oven, let rest 5 minutes before serving.