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Brined Pork Chops with Spicy Pear Chutney
Courtesy of USA Pears
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
Marinate: 1-12 Hrs.
What you need:
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+ 4 c. water, divided
+ 1/4 c. kosher salt
+ 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
+ 1 tsp. black pepper
+ 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
+ 4 pork chops about 3/4-in. thick
+ 1/2 white onion, sliced
+ 2-3 sprigs of fresh sage
+ olive oil for brushing the pork chops

Spicy Pear Chutney:
+ 1 Tbsp. olive oil
+ 1/2 medium red onion, minced
+ 1/2 c. dried cranberries
+ 1/4 c. granulated sugar
+ 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
+ 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
+ 1 tsp. kosher or sea salt
+ 1/2 tsp. black pepper
+ 1/4 -1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you want it)
+ 3 fresh USA Pears, chopped
What to do:
1. Combine 1 c. water with the salt, brown sugar, and pepper in a small saucepan. Heat, stirring until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add 3 c. of cold water and let the mixture cool.
2. Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Pour mixture into a glass baking dish or large freezer weight plastic storage bag. Add the pork chops, onions, and sage. Refrigerate for 1-12 hrs.
3. Take pork chops out of the fridge and rinse them well with cold water, then pat dry with paper towels. Let set for about 5 min. before cooking.
4. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium high heat. Brush the pork chops with olive oil and cook for 4 min. per side (more or less depending on the thickness of the pork chops). Remove from pan, brush the top with a little more olive oil and let rest for 5 min. before serving.

Spicy Pear Chutney:
1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and minced red onion. Cook for 2 or 3 min. until the onions start to soften. Add the dried cranberries and cook for 5 more min. Stir in the sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and pears. Combine well. Simmer on low heat for 5 to 10 min. or until the pears and cranberries have softened but the pears still retain their shape. If the mixture is too liquid, turn the heat up and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Serve warm.

Yield: Makes about 2 c.
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