Maple glazed pork chops,seasoned with chili powder, cayenne, and maple syrup glaze, is an easy one pan meal ready in less than 30 minutes.
Last Monday my husband and I received word that my father-in-law passed away. This past week has been a whirlwind of preparations, arrangements, hosting family members, and lots of take out. Cooking is my outlet and I desperately missed my kitchen. It’s good to be back.
This meal comes together easily, making it perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Even though the glaze calls for maple syrup, it is not overly sweet. In fact, the maple syrup does more to complement the smokiness of the chili powder.
How to Make Maple Glazed Pork Loin Chops
Start by heating some cooking oil over medium heat in a skillet large enough to hold at least four chops. While it’s heating, combine some chili powder, salt and a little cayenne pepper. Trust me, I am a wimp when it comes to spicy food. It has just enough heat but not so much that it will knock your socks off. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with the seasoning mixture.
By now, your oil should be good and hot. Add the chops to the pan and brown on both sides, about two minutes per side. While the chops are browning, combine the apple juice, maple syrup and cider vinegar. Once you’ve browned the chops on both sides, pour the maple syrup glaze over the top. Cook the chops for about 5-7 more minutes until they are cooked through. Be sure to coat the chops good with the glaze while they finished cooking. You can also pour anything that’s left in the pan over the chops before serving. I served these with this recipe for Grilled Corn with Spiced Bacon Butter.
When my father-in-law was in better health, he enjoyed cooking. I have inherited his stainless steel cookware and assorted collection of kitchen knives. Tonight as I made these maple glazed pork loin chops, I thought of him as the chops simmered in one of his skillets.
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Maple Glazed Pork Chops
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 (1-inch thick) pork loin chops
- ¼ cup apple juice or cider
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Combine chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Season both sides of pork chops generously with spice mixture.
- Add chops to the pan and cook 2 minutes per side until outside is brown. Combine juice or cider, maple syrup, and vinegar. Reduce heat to medium.
- Add maple syrup mixture to pan. Scrap up any browned bit on the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes more, turning chops to coat, until pork chop juices run clear and glaze has thickened.