Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze (Video)
If you like balsamic vinegar you’ll swoon over these tasty Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze, and this delicious recipe is low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
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Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze!
It’s been four days since I arrived home from Thailand, and I wish I could report that my bronchitis was gone and I was on the mend, but unfortunately I’m still feeling crummy and have a hacking cough. I’m glad I was anticipating jet-lag and worked on a few recipes to update the photos before I went on the trip, so today I am able to share these greatly improved pictures of these delicious Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze I first made back in 2006! This is one of those recipes that are so tasty and easy, that you’ll make it over and over if you like these ingredients.
The recipe was adapted from Gourmet magazine, which isn’t even published any more, and when I posted this I confessed that even though I read the magazine for years I hardly ever made anything from it. Most of the recipes from Gourmet always seemed just a bit too fussy for me, but this one from March 2006 was completely a keeper.
I left out the shallots, which I thought most people wouldn’t have and I couldn’t resist seasoning the pork chops with a bit of Pork Chop Seasoning, but if you don’t have that, I’m sure this would be great without it. I did use a small amount of sugar like the original recipe called for, but the amount of sugar per serving is still minimal even with the small amount of sugar that’s in balsamic vinegar, because you’re only eating the small amount of sauce that sticks to the meat.If you need to limit sugar more strictly in your diet or want the lowest possible carbs, I’m guessing this would still taste great without the tiny bit of added sugar or you could use another sweetener of your choice, and I bet you could get away with a little less balsamic vinegar as well, although that change might not produce the beautifully glazed pork chops you see above.
Trim pork chops and season with Pork Chop Seasoning (if using), salt, and pepper. Heat olive oil (preferably in a cast-iron pan) and brown pork chops well on both sides.
Mix vinegar and sugar (or other sweetener of your choice), add to pan, and simmer until slightly thickened. Then add pork chops and cook over medium-low heat until pork chops are cooked through and glazed with sauce.
Serve hot, and wait for compliments! This would be delicious with Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion.
More Tasty Dinners with Pork:
Slow Cooker Pork Recipes ~ Slow Cooker from Scratch
Roast Pork Loin Filet with Fig Sauce ~ Bellyfull
Low-Carb Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Maple Dijon Pork Chops ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Low-Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze
(Makes four servings, adapted from Gourmet Magazine.)
4 center cut pork chops, fat trimmed
1 tsp. Vege-sal or slightly less than 1 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. Penzeys Pork Chop Seasoning (optional, contains salt, hickory smoke, garlic, onion, white pepper, and ginger)
1 T olive oil
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. sugar, Stevia in the Raw Granulated, or Splenda
Trim fat from pork chops. Season chops on both sides with Vege-sal or salt, pepper, and Pork Chop Seasoning (if using).
Heat pan 1 minute, add olive oil, heat one minute more, then add pork chops and cook over medium high heat until well browned on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes total. Remove pork chops to plate, lower heat slightly, and add vinegar and sugar and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
Put pork chops back into pan with any liquid which has collected on plate, and cook over medium-low heat for about 4 minutes, turning several times to glaze pork chops with sauce. Serve hot, with sauce poured over.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Even with the small amount of sugar I used and the sugar in the balsamic vinegar, I’d still consider this a low-carb recipe and suitable for the South Beach Diet because you’re only eating the small amount of the balsamic glaze that sticks to the meat. If you’d like to reduce carbs/sugar, use an approved sweetener, and possibly even use a bit less balsamic vinegar.
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