Onto the recipe:
I saw this recipe on the Food Network site and it is from their Food Network Kitchens. When I told T. what I was making he was a bit hesitant to say the least. We don't really go in for the whole sweet tasting meat thing. But I convinced him that even that it was maple it didn't have to be really sweet. This dish had so many things going on in it that the maple was just an enhancing flavor.
Pork Chops (Food Network Kitchens)
- 4 (5-ounce) boneless center-cut pork loin chops (I used bone in pork steaks)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chicken broth, low-sodium canned
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dry the pork chops well and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the oil to the pan and heat until shimmering. Lay the chops in the pan and cook until lightly browned on the first side, about 4 minutes. Turn the chops and cook until the second side is browned and the chops are cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Transfer the chops to a platter.
Pour off the excess oil from the pan. Add the vinegar, and return the pan to the heat and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits that cling to the pan. Stir in the mustard, maple syrup, and chicken broth, along with any juices from the pork chops. Cook over high heat until the mixture is syrupy, about 5 minutes. Season to taste.
Pumpkin Polenta (Food Network Kitchens)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups 1 percent milk
- 2/3 cup quick-cooking polenta
- 1 1/2 cups canned pure pumpkin (or homemade roasted pumpkin puree)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- Kosher salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the sage to the oil and cook until the sage is slightly crisped, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, put the broth and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Slowly whisk in the polenta, reduce the heat to low, and cook, whisking occasionally, until the polenta is thick and creamy, about 15 minutes. Pull the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin, sage with the oil, cheese, salt, and pepper. Hold in a warm place.
Serve the pork chop or steak over the pumpkin polenta with some roasted root vegetables on the side. This was a great meal for a cold night! Not too sweet either just as I told T. it would be!