Pork Chops with Cranberries and Pears


This rich dish, including the hard cider-spiked pan sauce, comes together in one oven-going skillet for a simple pork chop dinner.

Pork Chops with Cranberries and Pears
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

  • 4 6 ounce boneless pork chops, cut 1-inch thick

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 large ripe Bartlett pears, cored and cut into wedges

  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick wedges

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 1 cup hard apple cider or apple cider

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. For spice mix: In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, mustard, 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Rub spice mix over both sides of chops.

  2. In a 12-inch cast-iron or oven-going skillet heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium-high. Add chops and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until browned. Remove chops from skillet.

  3. Add pears and onion to skillet. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until browned. Return chops to skillet, nestling into pears and onions. Top with cranberries and rosemary.

  4. Bake about 15 minutes or until pork reaches 145°F. Transfer chops and pear mixture to a platter; cover to keep warm.

  5. For pan sauce: Carefully add cider to hot skillet. Boil gently over medium 5 to 7 minutes or until reduced and slightly thickened, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Whisk in butter; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more to thicken. Season with 1/4 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper. Spoon pan sauce over pork chops and pear mixture. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
14g Fat
28g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 552mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 12.1mg 61%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 767mg 16%
Folate, total 14.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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