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Commune's Maple-Glazed Pork Chops With Pecans and Apples

Yield Makes 4 servings
Commune, in midtown Atlanta, is known for its popular outdoor movie series as well as its fabulous food. Innovative cuisine is enjoyed by diners seated in a community atmosphere.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) pork chops
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 green apples, cut into (3/4-inch) slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup finely diced crystallized ginger (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.

  2. Stir together pecans and 2 tablespoons maple syrup mixture in a skillet over medium heat, stirring to coat pecans. Cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until pecans are glazed. Arrange pecans in an even layer on wax paper; let cool. Coarsely chop, and set aside.

  3. Sprinkle pork chops evenly with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

  4. Grill chops, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350°to 400°) 8 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 160°, basting with 1/2 cup maple syrup mixture during last five minutes of cooking. (If glazed earlier, glaze will burn.) Transfer to serving platter. Cover and keep warm.

  5. Sprinkle apple slices evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt; brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

  6. Grill apples, without grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing with 1/4 cup syrup mixture.

  7. Spoon remaining maple syrup mixture over pork chops. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and, if desired, crystallized ginger. Serve with grilled apples.