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.

How to Make It

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.

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Ratings & Reviews

sirrah231's Review

March 28, 2013
So tasty and easy to whip up. I did double the sauce and was glad I did. I also sliced up the pears so they cooked through and caramelized a bit more. Both my husband and I like this quite a bit. And it made for great leftovers, too.

Booie13's Review

October 17, 2012
This was DELICIOUS!! I have never commented on a recipe here before (although I have used this site to find many delicious recipes) but I have to say this was seriously amazing yet easy! When I made the sauce i let it cook just a tad too long as I was finishing up the side dishes, so I added another 1/4 cup of white wine and a pinch of flour to thicken it up a little. Then I put the pork chops back into the sauce to heat it back up and let it soak up the flavors. So, so flavorful and tender!! I served this with Green Beans with Bacon-Balsamic Vinaigrette from Cooking Light, and thyme roasted fingerling potatoes. A very memorable meal but easy enough for a weeknight.

fraserma42's Review

July 14, 2012
Just made this for dinner and followed the recipe pretty closely. Used pork chops from a Bershire hog. WOW! Definitely a make again!

ChickinSanDiego's Review

February 14, 2010
This was a great way to make pork chops. I would probably slice the pear next time so it would cook through and be a bit mushy. I didn't care for having to cut through it with a knife but the flavors were all very good!

tastytreats's Review

September 18, 2009
This is a great dish, and definitely worthy of company. The one difficulty I ran into was that I was unable to find Anjou pears in my market and had to substitute. I'm not sure if that's why the pears took so long to cook, but to actually get them a little browned took more than five minutes on each side. Unfortunately, the pork had already cooked and ended up a little tough. That being said, everyone was quite impressed with this one! I served it with spinach sauteed with garlic, red onion, and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

sneakyweasel's Review

August 26, 2009
AMAZING!!! Use this recipe if you are trying to impress someone because it will, my boyfriend and I were both stunned by how easy and delicious this recipe is. If you're hesitant just trust me and try it, you won't regret it.

ButlerD's Review

March 10, 2009
I made this recipe for the first time tonight, and it is just delicious! My husband and I are both on Weight Watchers and try to find recipes to avoid the boredom that can set in with chicken. This was so easy even though the presentation looks really sophisticated. I used white wine instead of the vodka, and served the dish with green beans and sweet potatos. My husband just said, "This is a keeper!" I agree!