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Recipe: One-Pan Basil-Plum Pork Chops - Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Recipe: One-Pan Basil-Plum Pork Chops - Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners
From The Kitchn - July 17, 2017

I like to think of plums as the silent heroes of summer, sitting patiently among other more celebrated stone fruit like peaches and nectarines. Biting into a perfectly ripe, juicy plum is a rite of summer, and turning plums into dinner is one of the best ways to give them a place in the spotlight. When roasted with bone-in pork chops, plums get a bit jammy and turn into a sweet-savory sauce built around a few pantry staples and finished with a fistful of soft basil leaves. All this quick one-pan dinner needs is a crisp salad anda crusty loaf of bread for capturing all that saucy goodness.

Pork Chop Perfection

When buying pork chops, look for ones on the smaller side so that four can fit in the skillet, or else buy three bigger ones and plan on slicing them up before serving. Pork chops are a fairly lean cut of meat, which means they can overcook and dry out easily. Because we want to get good, flavorful browning on the stovetop but also make sure they do not overcook while they roast in the oven, we only brown one side of the pork.

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