When Adam and family visit us in Cape Cod, it’s our tradition to try a bunch of new recipes and this year was no exception. This recipe for pork chops with peaches hit all the right notes: Spanish-influenced flavours, braised meat and kid friendly. What’s not to like?
We adapted the recipe from Williams-Sonoma’s Rustic Spanish by Paul Richardson. The original recipe was more of a stove-top version and we elected to sear the pork chops in a 15″ cast iron skillet and then pop it in the oven. We served it with oven-baked small potatoes and fresh steamed asparagus. It was utterly delicious.
- 4 bone-in pork chops, 1" thick (about 12 oz each)
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup good quality brandy
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 c chicken stock, preferably homemade, or from a good butcher
- 3/4 c peach nectar
- 3 peaches (about 1 lb in total), peeled and cut in half
- Preheat the oven to 325º convection or 350º regular.
- In a heavy skillet (we used a 15" cast iron skillet) heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add the pork chops and sear about 3 minutes on each side. Remove the pork chops to a plate.
- Add the brandy to the skillet to deglaze it, and cook until the brandy is reduced to a thick syrup (about 3 minutes). Add the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the onion and sauté until softened (about 3 minutes). Add the tomatoes and cook until they have darkened in colour, (another 2-3 minutes). Add the stock and the peach nectar and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce begins to thicken (2-3 minutes). Return the pork chops to the skillet, tucking them down into the sauce. Place the skillet in the pre-heated oven until the pork is cooked through (about 30 minutes).
- Cut each peach in half through the stem, remove the pit and cut into wedges.
- About 5 minutes before the pork chops are done, add the peaches to the skillet in the oven, tucking them down into the sauce. Cook until the peaches are soft but not falling apart.
- Remove the skillet from the oven. Arrange the pork chops on a shallow serving platter and place the peaches around them. Spoon the sauce over the top and serve.
- To seed a tomato easily, cut it in half through the equator (not the stem). Use a the handle of a small spoon to remove the seeds from the little pockets. Hey presto!