Well…I will just come out and say it….I love storms. I love storms when I am stocked up with my favorite foods and my family is all safely parked where they need to be. This cold, snowy weather makes me feel like cooking my favorite comfort foods, grabbing a warm blanket, and snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine. Tonight is even better because my favorite hockey team is playing! The menu for tonight consists of delicious bone-In pork chops I found on sale on our trip to the store for pre-storm preparations. (of course it’s really just a trip to purchase our favorite foods!) I couldn’t resist them because I new this hearty twist on a childhood classic would be just what Old Man Winter ordered!
Pork Chops with Maple Balsamic Caramelized Onions
- 2 – 8-10 ounce bone-in pork chops
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, cracked
- 1 tbsp olive oil (for pork)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 large yellow onion, thin slices in half-rings
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/4 tsp all spice
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, well aged
- 1/4 cup maple syrup, high quality
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season pork chops on both sides with first amount of kosher salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in sauté pan using medium high heat until shimmering. Gently lay pork chops in the pan and sear for 3-4 minutes per side, or until well browned. Remove from the pan and set aside. Reduce heat to medium and add butter. When melted, add onions and second amount of salt and pepper. Sauté onions until they are cooked through and have began to caramelize onions. (about 15 minutes). Turn heat to high and add white wine, balsamic vinegar, and all spice to the pan. Stir onions, being sure to scrap any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until wine is almost completely gone. Remove pan from the heat and stir in maple syrup. Bury pork chops in the onions and place in oven. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until pork is desired level of doneness. Remove from the oven and enjoy!