Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary & Fig Onion Compote

It is great to be outside using the grill almost every night. It makes making dinner so easy and clean up much faster. What is great is most proteins taste great when grilled with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. But, to make it more flavorful and interesting, it is nice to make something that brings it to a different level. This caramelized onion compote is so delicious with the pork chops. It is sweet, savory, and requires little work. Pork usually calls for something on the sweet side to enhance the flavor, but I don't like anything too fruity. I saw these fig preserves at the market and knew it would be delicious with some balsamic and rosemary. You could also make the onions and use to top crostini, pizza, flatbread, or even a burger. Such a delicious way to start a (hopefully) beautiful summer.

Grilled Pork Chops with Rosemary & Fig Compote
Forks & Amusement 2011
serves 4

3 large onions, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fig preserves, like Bonne Maman (you could use orange or apricot as well)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary, plus some for garnish
crushed red pepper to taste
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 pork chops (I prefer the bone in loin chops, so much flavor)

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, once hot add in the onions. Toss with the oil to coat and cook, stirring frequently, until just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add in the preserves, balsamic, rosemary, crushed red pepper, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine well ad bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook, stirring and scraping bottom occasionally, until onions are very tender and caramelized, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Brush pork chops with the mustard and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill chops on both sides until thermometer registers 150 degrees, about 8-10 minutes per side depending on thickness of chops. Let meat rest for 5 minutes.

Serve each chop with a generously helping of the onion compote on top. Serve immediately.


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