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Pineapple-Plum Glazed
Skillet Pork Chops

Posted by Denise on August 5, 2011

pineapple plum glazed skillet pork chops on red plate

Pineapple-Plum Glazed Skillet Pork Chops is an easy way to serve a delicious dinner without heating the kitchen up too much.

It is soooo hot here that we are reluctant to turn on the oven and no one wants to be slaving over a hot stove right now. So what are we to do?

While trying to think of ways to cook without heating the kitchen, or ourselves, up too much, I happened to be reading through an old cookbook and saw a photo of an electric skillet. Duh! (Picture a head slap…lightly, please.) Don’t we have two of those stashed away in the cupboard? It’s time to yank them out.

Glenn burrowed to the back of a bottom cupboard and brought out my favorite electric fry pan – the one that belonged to my mom’s mom, Grandma G. Although it is over sixty years old, the skillet works perfectly. It’s a little dinged and battered (aren’t we all?) and still cooks up a storm. We used to cook with it frequently, but it hasn’t seen the light of day in a couple of years. A quick wash and supper fixin’s were in progress.

Andy said he was “starving” so I wanted to make a filling meal. I remembered this pork chop skillet recipe that I had bookmarked in the old Better Homes and Gardens Easy Skillet Meals cookbook that sounded delicious. Except for the plum preserves, the recipe uses kitchen staples and it is easy to make. And wow, it is really good! This recipe goes into the most favorite file.

We altered the recipe slightly, but stayed mostly true to the original. We cooked 4 rather large pork chops, but they could be pushed together more so that 6 could fit in the skillet.

This recipe can also be made on the stovetop if you don’t have an electric fry pan. Please watch the heat levels so that after the initial browning of the chops, the heat is turned down so that the liquid is hot enough to simmer, but not so hot that it boils. Too much heat will dry the chops out. Done properly the meat comes out moist with a wonderful flavor from the mixture it cooks in. Spoon the sauce over the pork chops when you plate them up. Yummy!

 

 

 

Pineapple-Plum Glazed Skillet Pork Chops

Makes 4-6 servings 

Pineapple plum glazed skillet pork chops ingredients 
Ingredients for Pineapple-Plum Glazed Skillet Pork Chops

 

Serves 4 to 6

 

Ingredients

4-6        Pork chops, ½” thick

1           20 oz. can pineapple chunks in juice

½          Cup plum jam or plum preserves

1           Tablespoon white vinegar

1           Tablespoon soy sauce, can use low sodium

¼          teaspoon ground ginger

4           Green onions, sliced into rounds

1           teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

 

 

 

Instructions

 

1. Trim the excess fat from the edges of the pork chops. Add the fat to the skillet and melt the fat on medium high heat (about 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an electric skillet) until about 1 Tablespoon of fat is rendered. If there is not much fat on the chops, you can use bacon fat or vegetable shortening. Discard the fat pieces and brown both sides of the pork chops in the drippings.

 

browning pork chops for pineapple plum glazed pork chops

 

 

2. While the meat is browning, prepare the sauces. Drain the pineapple chunks, keeping the juice. Pour ½ cup of the juice into a bowl to use in the sauce. Add the jam or preserves, vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger to the bowl and mix with the pineapple juice.  Add the red pepper flakes now if you want to give the food a kick. If you do not like spicy food, leave it out.

 

making sauce for pineapple plum glazed skillet pork chops

 

slicing green onion for pork chops in skillet

 

 

3. Once the pork chops are browned, reduce the heat to medium low, about 220 degrees in the electric skillet. Season the meat with salt and pepper.

 

browned pork chops for pineapple plum glazed skillet pork chops

 

 

4.   Pour the sauce over the chops. Cover and let the meat and sauce simmer (not boil) for 25 minutes. During that time, add more of the reserved pineapple juice if needed to keep the sauce from running dry.

 

adding pineapple plum sauce to pork chops in skillet

Adding the sauce to the pork chops in the skillet

 

 

5.  After 25 minutes remove the cover and add the pineapple chunks and sliced green onion. Cover and cook until pineapple is heated through, about 5 more minutes or so. Serve with pork chops with pineapple, onion and sauce over the top.

 

adding pineapple chunks and green onion to pork chops in skillet

 

 

finished pineapple plum glazed skillet pork chops

 YUMMY!

 



 

eating the pineapple plum glazed pork chops

This is what it looks like when we are diving in.


 

 

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