With fig season quickly coming to an end I picked up a bunch of them on the weekend. I made some fig jam and I wanted to try using it in a savoury dish. Pork chops in a balsamic vinegar and some kind of fruit or berry sauce is an easy and tasty standby. In this case a balsamic sauce with spiced fig jam and fresh figs. Throw in some shallots, garlic and thyme for even more flavour. This dish turned out pretty good. The vinegar contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the figs. The thyme and the spices from the fig jam added a really nice flavour to the sauce.
Pork Chops in Balsamic Fig Sauce
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 pork chops
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 shallot (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fig jam
- 1 teaspoon thyme (roughly chopped)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 figs (quartered)
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the pork chops and sear both sides until golden brown and set aside.
- Heat the oil in the pan.
- Add the shallots and saute until tender.
- Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Add the balsamic vinegar and deglaze the pan.
- Add the fig jam, thyme, salt and pepper and simmer for a few minutes to reduce to a sauce.
- Add the fresh figs and remove from the heat.
- Place the pork on a plate and top with
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This looks delicious. Do you really do all this in a closet-sized kitchen?
I need to see the kitchen…
Charlotte in london
Hi Kevin. The fig season is way too short if you ask me. Love your fig jam and the pork chops sound tasty.
I hope your friends and loved ones appreciate these gorumet meals you make.
I should have kept the figs I bought the other time for this. I did not know what to do with them and just ate them as fruits. I love the taste of balsamic with pork 🙂
NICE! You’re really on a roll here. I love balsamic with pork- it complements it so well.
Looks super! What a great combination that sounds like.
What an absolutely gorgeous picture! It looks fantastic. How do you cook such fabulous looking dishes everyday?!?!
Wow, you’re really cooking up a storm Kevin! I think you have developed a real passion for delicious cooking and trying new and innovative recipes! Pork would go so well with the fig jam!!!
What a great use for the fig jam. It sounds just delicious!
Thanks Kevin for a great recipe. Turned out perfectly! My husband and I really enjoyed it and savored every bite.
Love your blog!
Turned out pretty good, unfortunately I didn't have any basalmic vinegar. So instead I subbed red wine vinegar and some brown sugar and little vanilla. I also didn't have any shallots, but I did have vidalia onion.
It was good, I loved it. Thanks for posting a simple recipe!