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Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Apricot-Ginger Glaze

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep time 15 mins
Stand time 18 mins
Cook time 12 mins
Bake time 18 mins
Total time 1 hr, 3 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Don't fear slightly pink pork. New guidelines from the USDA have decreased the minimum internal temperature from 160° (for medium) to 145° (medium-rare is now considered safe) with a three-minute stand time after removing from heat. The meat will be moist and tender, and leaner cuts will be more succulent. (The minimum temperature for ground pork remains 160°.)

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together first 5 ingredients and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Rub mixture over pork chops, and let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until softened. Stir in preserves, agave nectar, lemon juice, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Pour apricot mixture over pork chops. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145° (medium-rare) or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat, and let stand 3 minutes. Serve with pan juices.