Pork Chop with Balsamic Maple Glaze

When trader joe’s has halloween Joe Joe’s cookies (which are addictive BTW), I know it’s October indeed. We had a good ‘hot’ summer so without lingering to end of summer, I can move on to a fall…..My Ugg boots are out, my baggy sweatshirt that I saved for the holiday season’s weight gain is out too ready to tackle it’s duty. And I’m ditching those summer salad and move on to a fall kind of meal.


Pork : 2 good quality pork chops ( I got frenched & thick cut ), freshly ground coriander (I toast first and ground it)
Balsamic Maple Sauce (Glaze) : 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup chicken (beef or mushroom) stock, 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, 1 teaspoon mustard, 1 clove garlic (smashed with knife), a few strings of thyme, a string of rosemary, sprinkle of garbanzo bean flour (It will thicken the sauce), tiny cube of butter
Side : Mashed potatoes with peas – 2 large Yukon gold potatoes, 1/3 cup frozen peas, tiny cube of butter



Sauce (Glaze)

Bring all the ingredients (except butter) together to gentle simmer. Whisk to break down garbanzo flour. Let it thicken up slightly. Throw in a cube of cold butter and whisk-it will make the sauce nice and glossy.

Pork Chop
1. Season pork with salt/pepper and fresh ground coriander.
2. Heat the grill to very hot!

3. Grill the first side for 6-7 mins (rotate it to 45 degree to give a perfect grilled mark half way through)
4. Flip and grill the other side 6-7 mins (Again, rotate it to 45 degree to give a perfect grilled mark half way through)
5. If your pork is thin, don’t cook it more than 5 mins per side. The worst is overcooked pork chop…yikes
6. Once almost done with cooking, blush each side with the sauce and briefly let it touch the grill. (Sauce is sweet so this way, it doesn’t burn the meat – just a quick kiss with grill at the end! )
7. Let them rest for 5-10 mins.

Feel free to accompany any side dishes you want. I whipped up some mashed potatoes and added a few frozen peas into it…..



Joe Joe’s calling my name….sometimes you just have to answer it.



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Comments & Responses

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  1. avatar Jennifer says:

    This looks amazing! If there is a bright side to being stuck at home with a cold, it is collecting recipes like this to try when I can taste again.

  2. avatar April says:

    Wow! That chop looks amazing! Hope you feel better soon. :)

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  6. avatar Marianne says:

    This was delicious! I just used basil for the herbs because that’s what I had around, but it was still really yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. avatar KristenK says:

    Wow! I made a glaze based off your recipe tonight on some local organic pork and it was AMAZING. I used a citrus balsamic I got in Key West on a trip, I skipped the broth because I was out, and I used just a tad less (local) maple syrup and a tad more whole grain mustard (from Trader Joes). Wow, even my husband was oh-ing and ah-ing over it! We served it with roasted carrots and may have shared the glaze with the carrots too! :)

  8. avatar Earline Malandrino says:

    Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup.,:;,

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  9. avatar Tracy says:

    I cant wait to try this dish tonight! What kind of mustard do you use?

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    My brother is a chef in Las Vegas and when he comes to town he makes food like this but I will have to save this recipe for him. Great post, and beautiful website as well!

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  12. avatar Lynn Genco says:

    This is my favorite pork chop recipe by far! I’ve made it numerous times and everyone loves it!

  13. avatar Jessica Beard says:

    I made these tonight and they were AMAZING! My husband loves them! Will be making them as a regular dish!

  14. avatar April J. says:

    This looks great! I have all of the ingredients on hand already and will make this for dinner tonight. Would you consider, in the future, making it easier to print your recipes by adding a “print format” button? That would be so helpful!

    Thanks for the recipe!