Pork Chops with Fresh Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce

Pork Chops with Fresh Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce
In a word ...... amazing!

Not only was Pork Chops with Fresh Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce simple to prepare, it was an entree that was both spicy and not too sweet - a favorite flavor pairing.  I love the combination of pork and fruit and this dish adds a bit of flair to dinner time.  Even my daughter who has a strict policy of no fruit and meat entrees (she is just a little odd that way) loved chili powder spiced pork chops topped with the blackberry sauce of mashed and whole berries.

The chops are quickly seared and then finish cooking in a covered pan.  The sauce is a marrying of shallots, wine and fresh blackberries.  A little butter adds just a touch of body to the sauce before topping the tender pork chops along with a few whole berries.  Sides of quinoa and creamed scallions rounded out the meal.

In a word ..... amazing!

Pork Chops with Fresh Blackberry Pinot Noir Sauce

adapted from a recipe in Cuisine at Home - June 2010 issue

serves 4

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (6 -8 ounce) pork chops (3/4-1-inch thick, bone-in)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons shallots, minced
1/2 cup pinot noir
3 cups fresh blackberries (divided)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoons unsalted butter

Combine chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper and rub onto the chops.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add the chops and saute 3 - 4 minutes on each side.  Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 5-7 minutes.  Remove the chops to a plate and cover to keep warm.

Saute the shallots in the pan over medium-high heat about 2 minutes.  Deglaze the pan with the wine. Then add 2 cups of the berries, broth, and sugar.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 - 5 minutes.  Coarsely mash the berries with a potato masher or fork.  Simmer the sauce until slightly thick  - about another minute or 2.

Swirl in the butter into the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Serve the pork chops topped with the sauce and the remaining berries.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I agree that this can be summed up in one word...amazing!

Robin Sue said...

This does sound amazing. The chili powder cuaght me off guard, didn't see that one coming-great flavor! Beautiful color! I am still jealous of your clients!!

teresa said...

delicious! and i really love the idea of creamed scallions as well.

Anonymous said...

Made this last night. OMG! It really was fabulous. You are my favorite source for recipes!

Anonymous said...

Hubby and i cooked this. Love pork with blackberries! I will reduce the spice next time, but overall great flavor. Used "Bear in a Boat" Pinot noir.