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Maple Glazed Pork Chops – It’s What’s for Dinner

2010 June 3
by Pamela

I got this recipe from my parent’s subscription of Simple & Delicious. It is gluten free and 3 pts. for 2 oz. of center cut pork.

Maple Glazed Pork Chops

1/2 tsp. salt (I find this too salty and only use 1/4 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground cinammon
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 center cut pork chops (recipe calls for 7 oz. each, but I use thinner ones)
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (I used pancake syrup one time in a pinch and it worked)
1-1/2 tsp. butter, melted
1-1/2 tsp. dijon mustard

Combine the first five ingredients and rub it over pork chops (this grosses me out; the rubbing of raw meat. So I just sprinkle half of each on both sides). Place in a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes (I use thinner pork chops so did it for 15 minutes). Combine the remaining ingredients, pour over chops. Bake 5 minutes longer or until meat juices run clear.

Yields 2 servings.

I typically double or triple this recipe since I am inherently lazy and only cook 3-4 times a week. It reheats well.

Mary Claire had a friend over for dinner today. Said friend is a tad bit… “particular” about what she eats. Meaning she normally only eats well if I’m serving turkey hot dogs. She ate an entire pork chop by herself and then asked me to “teach” her mom how to make this dish. My whole family likes it and as you can see, it’s super easy.

How I roll: Since I’ve made this lots of times and we like it, I now have a spice jar pre-prepared with the rub. I think I made 12 servings of it, mixed it well, and put it into the jar. So now I just sprinkle some of my magic spices on the chops – no need to measure = WIN. Once they are in the oven, I prep out my veggies for the steam basket or a salad. While the veggies are going I set the table and clean up any mess. I also microwave the butter/syrup/mustard mixture. Then I pull out the chops, put the butter mixture over it, and wrestle my little hoodlums into the bathroom to wash their hands. By then dinner is ready. There is nothing better than watching my family scarf down my food. Especially when 1. their hands are clean 2. the clean up is already done in the kitchen and 3. “the other white meat” is involved. If you don’t eat pork, I think these spices would accompany chicken equally as well though.

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