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Peach-Glazed Pork Chops with Fresh Peach Salsa

Peach-Glazed Pork Chops with Fresh Peach Salsa
Pork and fruit are a natural pairing. Here, pork chops are served with a salsa made from fresh peaches and are basted with a sauce made from peach jam. Other fresh fruits and jams can be used in their place, such as apricots and apricot jam or pineapple and pineapple jam.

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 3/4 cup peach jam or preserves
  • 6 Tbs. bourbon whiskey or peach nectar
  • 4 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. hot-pepper sauce

For the peach salsa:

  • 1 cup chopped peaches
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 to 2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro or mint
  • 1 tsp. grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

  • 6 boneless pork chops, each about 6 oz. and 3/4 inch thick
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

To make the sauce, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the jam, bourbon, vinegar and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the hot-pepper sauce and remove from the heat. Use the sauce immediately, or let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. If refrigerated, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before using. Measure out 3 Tbs. of the sauce to use as a glaze for the pork and reserve.

To make the peach salsa, in a bowl, combine the peaches, bell pepper, onion, chilies, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice and toss gently to mix. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Oil the grill rack.

Brush the chops on both sides with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush the chops on both sides with some of the sauce.

Grill the chops over the hottest part of a charcoal fire or directly over the heat elements of a gas grill, turning once and brushing with additional sauce, until cooked to your liking, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium (slightly pink at the center and juicy).

Transfer the chops to a warmed platter and brush them with the reserved 3 Tbs. peach sauce. Let rest for 3 minutes. Serve with the salsa spooned on top or alongside. Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Grilling, by Denis Kelly, Melanie Barnard, Barbara Grunes, Michael McLaughlin & Bob & Coleen Simmons (Oxmoor House, 2006).