I thought this was a warm tasty meal for a fall evening. The butternut squash topping was delicious! I did add some pomegranate seeds I had on hand as I thought it would add to the fall flavor and it was a nice crunch to the tender squash and onion mixture. Although the seasonings were nice, I might try it next time with Penzy's Saigon seasoning. Served it over couscous with mint.
Spiced Pork Chops with Butternut Squash
Don't reserve pumpkin pie spice for desserts alone; sprinkle this blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice on pork chops for a fragrant, home-style dish.
Prep: 4 minutes; Cook: 21 minutes
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- Calories: 232
- Calories from fat: 26%
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated fat: 2.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
- Protein: 25.6g
- Carbohydrate: 18.2g
- Fiber: 3.2g
- Cholesterol: 65mg
- Iron: 1.7mg
- Sodium: 200mg
- Calcium: 96mg
- Cooking spray
- 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/4 pound)
- 1 cup refrigerated prechopped onion
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle pork evenly with spice, pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add pork to pan; sauté 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.
- 2. While pork cooks, pierce squash several times with a fork; place on paper towels in microwave oven. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Peel squash; cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and membrane. Coarsely chop squash.
- 3. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add squash; cover and cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/4 cup water; cook until liquid evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove from heat; stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt and mint. Spoon squash mixture evenly over pork.
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