If you haven’t noticed, it’s maple syrup season around here. I am very excited about this. I am awed by the fact that you can make something so delicious from tree sap. Did you know it takes 30-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup? Lucky for you we have lots of local farmers who take care of that part.
4 pork chops, 1 inch thick (I use bone-in but boneless is fine)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
- Mix orange juice, minced garlic and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Pour over pork and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
- Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. Add pork chops (reserve marinade), salt and pepper each side.
- Cook for a minute, turn and cook other side for a minute.
- Turn heat down to medium-low. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes a side until internal temperature reaches 140º to 150º
- Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Add marinade to skillet.
- Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Heat over medium-high heat until sauce reduces and starts to thicken about 3-4 minutes, stir constantly. It will be a nice dark brown color.
- Pour sauce over pork chops. Serve with a fresh salad or roasted vegetables.