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Pork-and-Pear Sauté with Lemon-Vodka Sauce

Yield 2 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop, 2 pear halves, and 1 tablespoon sauce)
A pork-and-pear sauté with a lemon-vodka sauce sounds fancy but you can put this delicious yet simple dish together in a flash. Serve with a side salad and bread.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 (4-ounce) boned center-cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper, divided
  • 2 peeled Anjou pears, cored and halved (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup vodka or dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 338
  • caloriesfromfat 36 %
  • fat 13.3 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 5.5 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 25.9 g
  • carbohydrate 30.5 g
  • fiber 4.9 g
  • cholesterol 71 mg
  • iron 1.6 mg
  • sodium 661 mg
  • calcium 34 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle the pork chops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add pork chops to skillet; sauté 3 minutes on each side or until pork is done. Remove pork from pan, and keep warm. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium heat. Place pear in pan, cut sides down. Sauté 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove pear from pan, and keep warm. Stir in the vodka, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, rind, juice, and chives, and cook for 1 minute.