Pan seared boneless, center cut pork chops topped with a fresh pear and pomegranate salsa is a quick and tasty weeknight meal your family will love.
Since we don’t eat seafood, except for an occasional shrimp dish for the hubby and kids, my main meat is either chicken, turkey or center cut pork chops, so I’m always trying to think up new and interesting ways to prepare them. Hubby and I were having an argument discussion last week about why I always put the majority of the whole fruit I buy each week into the refrigerator instead of putting it all in the basket I have on the kitchen counter.
I KNOW you’re supposed to keep it out; however, when I do, it doesn’t get eaten quick enough and it starts to bruise and turn bad. So to prove my point compromise, I put some of the pears I had recently purchased in the basket and waited.
Two days, that’s all it took and they started to soften so I had to make something with them quick or they would be trash. I had recently seen a recipe for a pear compote in a magazine and decided to cut them up, mix them with some rosemary and a lone pomegranate that had yet to be eaten and voila!
Did you know that the pomegranate was considered the symbol of married love in ancient Greece? According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite planted a pomegranate tree and it was expected to be a gift received from guests to your new home. Since Aphrodite was the symbol of love, giving a pomegranate still is given as an ideal wedding gift today.
This salsa was EXCELLENT on the seared pork chops. They were light, refreshing and not overly sweet. And the little crunch of the pomegranate seeds gave the meal a nice texture as well. This Pear & Pomegranate Salsa would also pair nicely over grilled chicken or fish too! ~Enjoy!
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Pan Seared Pork with Pear & Pomegranate Salsa
For the Pork Chops
- 4- 4(ounce) Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin Chops
- 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp. Fresh Rosemary, chopped
- Prepared Pear and Pomegranate Salsa
For the Pork Chops
- Heat a nonstick large saute pan over medium heat and add the oil. Pat some of the fresh rosemary on each pork chop, then add to the pan.
- Cook 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the thickness so that they get a caramelized color, plate; then top with prepared salsa.
For the Pear & Pomegranate Salsa
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.