Bone-in Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce
2 10-oz. bone-in pork chops
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, smashed
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
3 cups fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted and sliced in half
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
½ cup dry red wine
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Remove pork chops from the fridge 30 minutes before you are ready to cook — this will help ensure they cook evenly. Pat them dry with a paper towel, then season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add the canola oil to the pan, let it heat until it shimmers, then add the pork chops. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, ensuring a dark caramelization all over. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add in the unsalted butter, garlic cloves and thyme.
Once the butter has melted, carefully tilt the pan away from you so all the butter pools in one spot – use a thick kitchen towel or oven mitt to safely handle the skillet. Spoon the hot butter over the steaks, basting them continually for 1 minute.
Insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of a pork chop to monitor the internal temperature and continue cooking over medium-low heat. Once it reads 145° remove the meat from the skillet and allow it to rest on a cutting board or plate while you make the cherry sauce.
FOR THE CHERRY SAUCE
Discard the thyme stems from the skillet, but do not wipe out the butter and garlic used in cooking the pork. Turn the heat up to medium, add in the remaining butter along with the minced shallot, and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the shallot begins to soften.
Add the fresh cherries and the chopped thyme. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the cherries begin to soften and release their juices, add in the wine, balsamic vinegar, honey and mustard. Stir to combine and make sure that you scrape up any browned bits from the pork chops from the bottom of the pan.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. The wine will reduce and the cherries will burst and be super soft and juicy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Remove the pork chops from the bones and slice against the grain, serving over the cherry sauce.
Recipe from Discover CA Wines