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Pork Chops with Rhubarb-Cherry Sauce


Try the sauce with roasted chicken or drizzled over toasted bread topped with goat cheese.

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Source: Everyday Food, May 2005


  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 8 to 10 ounces rhubarb, ends trimmed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 pork loin chops, (each 1/2 inch thick and 6 to 8 ounces)


  1. In a small bowl, combine cherries with vinegar and 1/4 cup hot water; let stand 10 minutes to soften.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

  3. To the saucepan, add cherry mixture, rhubarb, and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until rhubarb has softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat; keep warm.

  4. Generously season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Cook pork (in two batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding the pan) until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve topped with warm sauce.


The cherries can be replaced with other dried fruit, such as golden raisins; soften as instructed in step 1.

Cook's Notes

The rhubarb sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

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  • marybethklymco
    17 APR, 2017
  • TCEsmom
    13 JUN, 2012
    I made this with fresh cherries (1 c.) instead of the dried, and it was awesome! Really nice change for pork chops. I imagine it would be good on a pork roast too. And this was really fast. The only way this would take 45 minutes is if you can't multitask in the kitchen. I put it together in 20 min.
  • debbi65
    27 JUN, 2011
    I never cooked with rhubarb before and this came out really delicious!
  • Shannalicious
    11 JAN, 2010
    This is one of my all-time favourite pork chop recipes! I always keep a package of frozen rhubarb handy just so I can whip this up.