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. The 2002 Las Tablas Estates Glenrose is a perfect match. 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.

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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: Las Tablas Estates Glenrose Vineyard, Counoise, Pinot Noir