Pork Chooops and Cherry Sauuuuuce

Okay, I know that’s not the way it goes, but doesn’t it just bring you back?

Back to a simpler time?

Back when a delicate sneeze would keep you home from school? Back when we were told a thousand times not to play ball in the house. Back when we learned valuable lessons about what real beauty is, even after a football body slammed our nose, like 10 takes. I MEAN TIMES. Back when we struggled with adolescent rivalry and snottily chanted our sister’s name three times in a row?

You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you?


I watched that show like a drooling freako in grade school. (Uh, did you see how hot Greg was?) Never missed a moment. Never skipped a beat. I was so in love with the zany family that I even had my mom record it for me on VHS tapes during my first year of college so that when I came home I could watch it. NO LIE.

She recorded Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for me, too.

Yeah, you know what? I’m going to stop revealing too much about my weird choices in life before I start losing readers.

*bonus* Who here knows how the real phrase goes?!

Pork Chops and Cherry Sauce:

What it took for 4:

* 4 boneless pork chops
* 10 oz baby spinach
* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 cups cherries, pitted
* 1/4 cup red wine
* 1/4 cup water
* 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
* 1 tsp dry mustard
* 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
* 3 Tbs. honey
* 2 tsp coarse salt
* 2 tsp freshly ground pepper

In a small sauce pan, toss the cherries, wine, water, vinegar, mustard, thyme, honey and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, breaking up the cherries with a wooden spoon.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.

Season both sides of the chops with salt and pepper. Add the remaining oil and add the pork chops. Sear for 5 minutes on 1 side, flip and sear 4 to 5 more minutes.

Serve chops with spinach and drizzle with cherry sauce!



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16 Responses to Pork Chooops and Cherry Sauuuuuce

  1. Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams August 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm #
    This looks delicious! My husband would be shocked to see my favorite fruit on his favorite kind of meat. I have to make this.
  2. Maris (In Good taste) August 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm #
    Brady Bunch was my all time favorite show! Saw them all a million times! This dish is so gorgeous and definetly something Alice would make for dinner!
  3. Lisa {With Style and Grace} August 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm #
    I have to admit, I've never made pork chops, but THIS looks & sounds amazing!! Excuse me miss, but your photographs are outstanding!!
    • Bev Weidner August 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm #
      Thank you so much, Lisa! Ya make me blush. :)
  4. Katie August 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm #
    That picture of the raw pork chops is insanely beautiful, and I don't ever like to handle or look at or eat raw meat. So, good for you. Also, I sometimes get the Brady Bunch theme song stuck in my head and walk around the house singing it all day long.
  5. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm #
    I lovvvvvve cherries. All I need is the sauce and Im a happy girl.
  6. Jenn from Much to My Delight August 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm #
    I hereby nominate you for best blog post title EVAH. Of course, we know the real deal is pork chops and applesauce but sure sounds and looks better with your cherry sauce!
  7. Cassie (Bake Your Day) August 26, 2011 at 1:48 am #
    This sounds amazing and the photography is beautiful as always! I believe the real phrase goes "pork chooops and apple sauuuuuce". Right?!?!
    • Bev Weidner August 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm #
      You're right, Cassie! Thank you!
  8. Lauren August 26, 2011 at 4:38 am #
    One of these days, I'm going to have to try mixing sweet sauces {like cherry} with my meats. It sounds delicious, I just never do it....time to experiment, me thinks. {PS- Beautiful photos!}
  9. Steph @ Cookin' Cowgirl August 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm #
    "That's the waaaaay we became the Brady Bunch! Da Dat da dat!" :) They just don't make shows like they used to! (Although my secret obsession is Jersey Shores....I secretly think I am Snookie, only more pale....and WAY taller!) PS That looks scrumdidlyumptious !
  10. Laurie @SimplyScratch August 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm #
    Ummm your photos are stunning... love that bright pink! And Greg was like totally hot!
    • Bev Weidner August 27, 2011 at 12:15 am #
      Thank you so much, Laurie! And yes, I crushed on him my entire childhood. Creepy? A little bit.
  11. Courtney August 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm #
    i love pork chops with a fruity sauce on them!! i adore cherries and would do this over any other but my husband is anti cherry, which i personally think is down right wrong...so we usually do blueberry but I might rebel and make this one!!
  12. Jenny August 27, 2011 at 12:40 am #
    Really? Greg Brady, the Dad was hotter than him. Ha! This looks great!! Good idea for fall recipes coming up. I'm there!!
  13. Dining In August 27, 2011 at 8:11 am #
    Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

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