balsamic cranberry orange glazed pork chops

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Torrey Moseley
Dallas, TX

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. Whatcha know? It's easy, quick and actually quite tasty! My family raved, so I guess it has found its place in my arsenal of recipes.

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We loved the combination of the savory pork chop and the tangy cranberry orange glaze in this yummy dinner recipe. The pork chops are easy to cook and full of flavor. The glaze is fantastic. It's tart from the cranberry sauce, tangy from the balsamic vinegar and has a hint of orange. Broiling them at the end creates a delicious crystallized crust on top.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 4
prep time 5 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For balsamic cranberry orange glazed pork chops

  • 4
    pork chops, center cut
  • 1 can
    jellied cranberry sauce, 14 oz
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried, grated orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make balsamic cranberry orange glazed pork chops

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Four pork chops with salt and pepper.
    Bring pork chops to room temp, pat dry, and season with salt and pepper (on both sides) before cooking.
  • Hot oil in a skillet.
    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).
  • Cranberry sauce and orange zest combined in a bowl.
    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).
  • Balsamic vinegar added to the cranberry sauce mixture.
    To the remaining half of cranberry/orange mix, add balsamic vinegar and stir until blended.
  • Searing pork chops in a skillet.
    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!
  • Cranberry sauce placed on top of seared pork chops.
    Transfer seared pork chops to 8x8 baking dish. Add 2-3 Tbsp of water in the bottom of the pan. Spread pork chops, generously, with cranberry mixture.
  • Baking pork chops in the oven.
    Place on middle rack of preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Pork chops under the broiler.
    At the very end of baking time, switch oven to broil to "caramelize" cranberry glaze. Watch it closely... this only takes a minute or so.
  • Pork chops resting before being served.
    Remove from oven, let rest 5 minutes before serving.