Pork chops with pears, kale, and maple-shallot jam

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

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Pork chops with pears, kale, and maple-shallot jam

Mediterranean, Family-Friendly, Diabetes-Friendly, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free

2 Servings, 530 Calories/Serving

30–45 Minutes

A quick jam of shallots, maple syrup, fresh pear, and apple cider vinegar casts an autumnal spell on pork chops, making this lean cut magically rich.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
Sun Basket is proud to source the organic ingredients indicated below. On the rare occasion we are unable to meet our organic promise, we'll put a note in your bag.
  • 2 to 4 organic shallots
  • 2 organic Bosc or other pears
  • 2 sprigs organic fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 boneless pork loin chops (about 6 ounces each)
  • 1 bunch organic Red Russian or other kale (about ½ pound)

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 530, Protein: 45g (90% DV), Fiber: 9g (36% DV), Total Fat: 20g (31% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g (18% DV), Cholesterol: 105mg (35% DV), Sodium: 160mg (7% DV), Carbohydrates: 41g (14% DV), Total Sugars: 25g, Added Sugars: (maple syrup): 6g (12% DV).

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt added to the recipe averages 240mg per serving, or 10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.

Instructions

2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use

1

Make the maple-shallot jam

  • Peel and thinly slice enough shallots to measure ⅔ cup [1⅓ cups].
  • Cut the pears lengthwise into quarters and cut away the core; cut each quarter lengthwise into ½-inch-thick slices, then crosswise into ½-inch cubes. Set aside half for the kale.
  • Strip enough thyme leaves from the stems to measure 1 teaspoon [2 tsp]. Save any remaining thyme for another use.
In a small sauce pot over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] butter or oil until hot but not smoking. Add the shallots and half the pears, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and starting to caramelize, 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the thyme, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and ½ cup [¾ cup] water. Cook, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed to prevent scorching, until most of the liquid is evaporated and the shallots and pear are a rich brown color and the consistency of jam, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the jam cooks, prepare the pork.

2

Prep and cook the pork

  • Pat the pork dry with a paper towel; season with salt and pepper.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the pork and cook, turning frequently, until browned but still faintly pink within, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Do not clean the pan.
While the pork cooks, prepare the kale.

3

Prep the kale; cook the pear and kale

  • Strip the kale leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.
In the same pan used for the pork, if dry, add 1 to 2 teaspoons oil. Warm over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the remaining pear and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the pear is browned and just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Working in batches if needed, add the kale and cook until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve

Transfer the pear and kale to individual plates and top with the pork. Spoon the maple-shallot jam over the pork and serve.
Kids Can!
  • Measure the shallots.
  • Strip and measure the thyme leaves.
  • Measure the water for the jam.
  • Strip the kale leaves.