Pork Chops in Balsamic Cherry Sauce
The fruit of the cherries and the natural earthiness of the pork in this delicious recipe call for a wine with both intense fruit and spicy, smoky flavors. Syrah-based wines are a perfect match, as is (in a different way), the Full Circle Pinot Noir. You can substitute 1/4 cup of dried cherries, if fresh ones are not in season. If you do, increase chicken broth to 1/3 cup, and reduce cherry cooking time to 5 minutes.
- 2 5-ounce boneless pork chops (each about 1 in. thick)
- ⅓ cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup low-salt chicken broth
- ½ cup fresh cherries
- ⅓ cup red wine
- Place pork and vinaigrette in pie dish; turn to coat. Let marinate 10 minutes.
- Melt butter in a heavy, medium skillet over high heat.
- Using tongs, lift pork from vinaigrette and place in skillet, reserving marinade.
- Sprinkle pork with pepper, and saute until brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer pork to a plate.
- Add shallots to skillet, and stir until softened (about 1 minute). Add red wine to deglaze the pan and stir about a minute to soften cooked bits.
- Add cherries, broth and reserved marinade, and bring to a boil. Cook gently for about 10 minutes until cherries are soft and sauce is syrupy.
- Return pork to skillet, and simmer until pork is cooked through, cherries are tender and sauce is lightly reduced, about 2 minutes per side.
- Season with salt and pepper, and serve pork topped with sauce.
Pairs With: Syrah, Counoise, Le Complice, Full Circle Pinot Noir