Make a simple but impressive dinner with this recipe for balsamic and sage glazed pork chops that are roasted in the oven to perfection.
I haven’t posted very many recipes for pork over the years, but these Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops have quickly become a staple dinner recipe around here. The list of ingredients may be small (a good thing in my book!) but the flavours are big.
I find recipes like this to be the kind of food that I love making, simple, fresh and flavourful – it’s kind of what I stand for, food philosophy wise. This recipe uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard; balsamic vinegar, sage, Dijon mustard and maple syrup are the stars of this glaze and subsequent pan sauce (the pan sauce is the best part, in my opinion).
It’s always nice to be reminded of the kindness of others, sometimes life feels like one big competition, where someone is always trying to one-up you or bring you down. I’ve dealt with my fair share of negativity and it just kind of sucks the life out of you, don’t you think? I’ve found that especially as I’ve gotten older there seems to be more negativity in my life, but perhaps I’m just more aware of it now? Hmm.
On Monday, I was pulling into the parking lot for my morning class, when I had a crazy, big vertigo attack. I haven’t had one in maybe a year, and this one was so unexpected. If you’ve ever experienced any form of vertigo or dizziness, you know that it is not fun. I tried to sit through class, but my head was spinning and I felt like I was going to throw up. I just wanted to be home, in my bed. The problem is, I live a 45 minute or so drive from school, and driving home was not an option. And that’s where kindness comes in, a friend of mine, offered to drive me home. 45 minutes out of her way. I said no at first, but she insisted.
She proceeded to drive me all the way home, and then subway back to her place. I couldn’t be more thankful. It is acts of kindness like this, that make me realize how important it is to, not only have good friends in your life, but to surround yourself with good people, truly good, honest people. It makes all the difference. I’m so thankful for the caring and kindness of the people in my life.
It’s those kind of people that I would want to make these pork chops for. I find making food for the people I love is kind of my love language, everything I make is cooked with love. Nothing makes me happier than sharing it with the people who are close to me – I hope they all know that (and if they don’t, if they are reading right now, they do). This simple recipe would be a great way to show someone, “Hey, I care.” it might not be the grandest gesture, but coming home to a hot meal on the table might just be the perfect pick-me-up after a tough day.
Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops
- 6 bone-in pork chops
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 4 tsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp dried sage
- Preheat oven to 375F, grease a roasting pan with 2 tbsp olive oil and place pork chops in pan. Season evenly with salt.
- In a small bowl whisk balsamic vinegar with garlic, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and dried sage. Pour mixture over pork chops. Some will go in the pan--this will be the drippings to serve with the pork chops.
- Roast for 35-40 minutes or until pork is fully cooked.
Let me know if you give this recipe for balsamic and sage glazed pork chops a try in the comments below.