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One of the best things about fall is how often pecans start showing up in grocery stores and on menus and at gatherings. Pecan pie is always a treasure, and pecan bars are a personal favorite. The buttery crunch of pecan is a welcome addition to everything from candy to ice cream, but it does not appear on the main dish nearly as often as it should. This recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen rectifies that situation, though, with a sweet-savory dish of honey pecan pork chops that sound like the next best thing to eating candy for dinner, and they only take 13 minutes to cook from start to finish.
The pork chops are seasoned with salt and pepper and dredged in flour before getting a nice sauté in butter and olive oil until they're golden-brown, crisp, and delicious. You could totally stop right there and have a fantastic pork chop dinner, but this recipe takes things to a completely different level, because after the pork chops are removed, you're instructed to deglaze the pan with a bit of chicken broth, honey, and chopped pecans. It sounds like instructions for candy, but the recipe gets some heat from a bit of optional cayenne pepper, and richness from a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce. Then you just put the pork chops back in the pan and coat them with the sauce, and they're ready to serve.
Clearly, you're going to want to ladle as much of the honey and pecan sauce as possible over those pork chops when you serve them. The author suggests putting the pork chops on a bed of rice, which sounds like an excellent idea because the rice could soak up the leftover glaze — and no one wants any of that honey pecan goodness to go to waste.
Get the Recipe: Honey Pecan Pork Chops from Spicy Southern Kitchen