Easy Red Wine Balsamic Pork Chops
Are you looking for an easy and quick meal after all of the big holiday dinners? These stovetop Easy Red Wine Balsamic Pork Chops are a quick weeknight dinner that my kids will eat, every time!
I am always looking for easy dinner ideas during the week, and this recipe I made up years ago always fits the bill. Last week, I paired it with baked potatoes and steamed broccoli.
More than a decade ago, I was trying to come up with dinner for our then-only child in our little Denver condo, and I needed something fairly quick and easy. I had a bottle of wine open, and just started tossing things in.
So, I start by chopping an onion and some fresh garlic. I like to slice the garlic to get the most of the flavor, but you can also mince. Sauté those in some olive oil, and let it caramelize a bit.
If you like, you can also slice up some fresh mushrooms to add in at this point. They are so good! (But my kids refuse to eat them, so I leave out most of the time).
Pick your favorite pork chops – you can use bone in or boneless, it doesn’t matter for this! I used both this time, because I happened to have a small package of each in the freezer. Usually, a 3/4″ slice on the chop is good for this recipe, not super thin but not too thick either, but you can adjust the cooking time according to your meat thickness.
Add the meat to the pan, and sear both sides. Then, add all the goodness. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar – I love a good thick balsamic that has amazing flavor. Be liberal with the brown sugar (I just dump a tablespoon at a time around the pan. And feel free to add as much wine as you want. The juicy goodness will cook down into an amazing sauce. Let all of that boil for a minute or two, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes, turning the chops half way through.
What is the secret to figuring out when the pork is cooked? It gets plump!
Serve these delicious Easy Red Wine Balsamic Pork Chops with your favorite sides – and be sure to drizzle them with that amazing sweet sauce. So much flavor!
This is truly such a great Weekly Recipe Win – and all in less than 30 minutes, so perfect for a weeknight family dinner!
- 4 pork chops (bone in or boneless)
- 1 small onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- 3-4 Tbs Brown Sugar
- 1/4-1/2 cup Red Wine
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Dice onion and slice or mince garlic
- Saute onion and garlic in olive oil,
- Sprinkle pork chops with salt & pepper
- Add pork chops to pan, sear on both sides
- Add brown sugar, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and pour in the wine; bring to a boil
- Cover and simmer, turning pork chops after 5-8 minutes. When the meat looks plump, they are done!
- Serve with your favorite sides, and drizzle with those pan juices!
I sometimes add fresh mushrooms to this as well.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 27g