Orange Glazed Pork Chops is a versatile dish that’s super simple to prepare. The citrus glaze compliments the pork beautifully lending a distinct Asian flair. If you choose to compliment the chops with a side of homemade applesauce, they become American comfort food. Who said we can’t mix apples and oranges?
Orange Glazed Pork Chops
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9″x12″ baking pan (I usually line the pan with foil and then treat with cooking spray for easier clean-up)
Combine orange juice and brown sugar in a shaker jar and shake until sugar is dissolved; set aside. Salt and pepper chops on both sides and lay in prepared pan. Pour the orange juice mixture onto chops; turn to coat both sides.
Bake for 20 minutes; remove from the oven and turn chops. Bake another 15 minutes; baste chops with glaze. Continue baking; baste in 5 minute intervals until glaze reaches desired consistency. Watch the chops carefully because as the glaze thickens, what’s in the bottom of the pan will scorch easily. I allow the glaze to thicken more than what’s pictured.
Serve over steamed rice with baby carrots and broccoli or with sides of homemade applesauce (recipe below), which can be prepared while the chops are baking.
Yield: 3 to 4 servings
CB’s Homemade Applesauce
6-8 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and diced or choose a variety of apples
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
Dash of ground nutmeg
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
Place prepared apples in a large saucepan; add water, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and granulated white sugar; do not stir.
Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn heat to low when apples begin to cook. Simmer for 20 minutes at which time begin stirring occasionally and mashing with a hand-held masher to avoid scorching and to break-up the cooked apples.
Repeat the cooking, stirring and mashing process in 10-20 minute intervals until applesauce is cooked to satisfaction.
When apples are tender, remove from heat. Serve warm with pork dishes or serve as a light dessert. Yield: 6-8 servings
Cook’s Note: Some of the best tasting chunky applesauce is made with a variety of apples. Throw caution to the wind by mixing different varieties as this is what gives applesauce its distinctive and ever-changing flavor and texture.