Jalapeño-Apricot Glazed Pork Chops
To highlight pork's natural sweetness, we paired our meaty chops with a punchy sweet-and-sour sauce.
Why This Recipe Works
Pork chops can be a hit-or-miss proposition (think dry, leathery meat), but if done properly, they are an ideal weeknight meal. Thanks to some pantry-friendly ingredients, we were able to come up with a reliable recipe that delivers tender, juicy chops. We opted for ¾- to 1-inch-thick chops because we wanted them to cook quickly. We found that they needed only 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat to cook through. We then coated the chops with a savory, sweet, punchy sauce of apricot preserves combined with cider vinegar. For some zing, we added sliced jalapeño as well as some shallots and garlic. Weeknight dinners just got a lot more interesting.