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balsamic cranberry orange glazed pork chops

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon 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. Whaddya 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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We loved the combination of the savory pork with the bright 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 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 12 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For balsamic cranberry orange glazed pork chops

  • 4
    center cut pork chops
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can
    jellied cranberry sauce (14 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried, grated orange peel
  • 1 Tbsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp

How To Make balsamic cranberry orange glazed pork chops

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Four pork chops with salt and pepper.
    Bring the pork chops to room temperature, pat dry, and season both sides with salt and pepper before cooking.
  • Hot oil in a skillet.
    Add the oil to a large, heavy skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until searingly hot.
  • Cranberry sauce and orange zest combined in a bowl.
    In a medium bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and orange peel. Stir until well blended. *NOTE: You'll only need about half of this mixture. Put the remaining half into a sealed container and refrigerate for later. It makes a yummy spread for toast.
  • Balsamic vinegar added to the cranberry sauce mixture.
    Add the balsamic vinegar to 1/2 of the cranberry/orange mixture and stir until blended.
  • Searing pork chops in a skillet.
    Arrange the pork chops in the hot skillet and sear just until browned. 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 the seared pork chops to an 8x8 baking dish. Add the water to the bottom of the pan. Spread the pork chops generously with the cranberry mixture.
  • Baking pork chops in the oven.
    Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Pork chops under the broiler.
    At the very end of the baking time, switch the oven to broil to caramelize the cranberry glaze. Watch it closely... this only takes a minute or so.
  • Pork chops resting before being served.
    Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.