Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Lindsey Lower 
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop, 1 nectarine half, and 1 teaspoon cheese)

Savory and sweet combine in this 30-minute meal of Grilled Pork Chops with Nectarines.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Combine thyme, 1 tablespoon oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Rub oil mixture evenly over pork chops; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes.

Step 3

While pork stands, cut nectarines in half; discard pits. Combine sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil, cumin, and red pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over cut sides of nectarines. Place nectarines on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until tender. Cut nectarines into wedges; top evenly with mascarpone cheese. Serve with pork.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

August 21, 2013
A great summer dish and one I wouldn't hesitate to serve to guests. I allowed the pork to marinate 2 hours and grilled them on our Traeger. I also substituted greek yogurt for the marscarpone but honestly just the seasoned nectarines alone is perfect. Side dish was a mushroom risotto and garden fresh green beans.

ereeka80's Review

June 29, 2013
We really love this recipe, especially the smoky sweet nectarines paired with the garlicky pork. The key was to let the rub sit on the pork for a half hour. We used a dollop of Greek yogurt instead of marscapone.

ChefAriel's Review

June 22, 2013
The pork chops were bland, maybe I should have added more salt or marinated... The nectarines were great grilled by themselves but didn't need the mascarponi or weird seasoning.

FSUrhea's Review

June 01, 2013
This was delicious. We had a few substitutions just because of what we had on hand. Used goat cheese and peaches instead of mascarpone. Really delicious.

buenacena's Review

May 30, 2013
The pork was ok. Simple grill recipe, but didn't knock my socks off. I tried the nectarines and found the cumin taste to be weird. I will grill pork chops again, and serve with applesauce next time, but will not save this recipe.

CarrieLMB's Review

May 30, 2013
Tasty! Pork Chop absorbed light seasoning nicely and cumin sugar blend was a surprising twist on grilled nectarines. Halving the nectarines was a mess!

Whygal's Review

May 21, 2013
Excellent recipe for pork chops on the grill. I skipped the nectarines as they did not interest me at all. I served it with the Orzo with sundried tomatoes from a previous issue. Will make this again.

promogal's Review

May 16, 2013
My family liked it. I couldn't eat it--didn't like the taste of the cheese on the nectarines.

verobeacher's Review

May 16, 2013
The very simple and light marinade on the pork chops worked wonderfully - very flavorful without being overpowering. Instead of the nectarines, I served the Pork Chops with Baby Potatoes with Wam Bacon Vinaigrette (also a Cooking Light recipe) and found it to be a perfect match.

SummerC's Review

September 18, 2013