Pork chops in a blackberry sauce is easy enough for family and fancy enough for guests!
Fancy But Easy
Do you tend to make your pork chops the same old way every time? I’m guilty of that myself. It used to be Shake-N-Bake each and every time.
I wanted to get out of that rut, so for the past few years, I’ve been trying new ways to make pork chops. Since pork loins have been on sale for super prices, I really stocked up. When I buy a whole loin, I cut it up myself into a roast and then chops. So with all this pork, I was really looking for some new ways to make them.
This was one of the recipes I tried. It’s different and delicious. It only looks fancy–but it’s very easy!
Fruit And Pork
Fruit and pork is a marriage made in heaven.
There’s so many different fruits that pair well with pork besides apples. Berries are a perfect match.
Blackberries have a rich deep flavor and go so well with these pork chops. There’s a lot of blackberries in this recipe so if you can catch a sale, you’ll be golden. But if you’re like me, you might have some stashed in the freezer from previous sales. Yep, you can use frozen ones in here because most of the berries are mashed. The reserved berries are basically a garnish.
Use A Rich Wine
The original recipe calls for zinfandel. Zinfandel is a great wine to pair with anything spicy. Keep in mind this is the red zinfandel–not the white variety. However, you can use any full-bodied red in here. It will work just as well.
If you don’t use alcohol at all, then just substitute chicken stock for it. But I do recommend using the wine because it adds a great flavor to the sauce.
- 2 tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 4 thick (about 1-inch) bone-in or boneless loin pork chops
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs minced onion
- ½ cup zinfandel (or medium-dry red wine)
- 4 cups fresh blackberries, divided
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- 2-3 tbs sugar
- 2 tbs unsalted butter
- Combine the chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Rub into chops.
- Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops and brown on both sides. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low and cook 5-7 minutes; remove chops from the pan cover and keep warm.
- Saute the onion in the same pan over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the wine and scrape up any browned bits.
- Add 3 cups of the berries, stock and sugar. Bring to a boil then simmer for 3 minutes. Coarsely mash the berries then simmer the sauce over low heat until it’s slightly thick—about 8 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining berries and cook until heated through; remove from heat and stir in the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chops back to the pan and serve with the sauce.