Friday, September 5

Skillet Boneless Pork Chops with Rosemary Peaches

boneless pork chops with rosemary peaches

I have always associated peaches with July and August. That is until a few years ago when I discovered the most succulent peaches I ever tasted -- in September.

Peach season in California is long and abundant; it runs from May to October and peaks from July through September. In general, peaches are picked early to withstand shipping and to have a longer shelf life. The problem is when you take home many of these peaches, they are as hard as a rock (and taste like one too). That's why buying locally grown peaches is a better option when possible.

A couple of years ago at a local farmers' market I discovered Summerset peaches, which peak in September. Like a California sunset, these fruits are a dazzling blend brilliant reds, warm oranges, and golden yellows. In addition to being visually beautiful, they emit a delicate floral aroma and are amazingly juicy and succulent, as if warmed by the sun.

Of course, you don't need Summerset peaches to enjoy this recipe; there are plenty of late summer varieties from which to choose. And though peaches are delightful eaten out of hand or in desserts, they are surprisingly delicious in savory dishes. They pair brilliantly with arugula and prosciutto and are wonderful grilled and filled with savory cheeses and herbs.

My favorite way to enjoy them though is by sauteeing them on the stove with some tangy honey and woodsy rosemary. The sweet, acidic, and earthy flavors blend harmoniously to make a remarkable companion to pork for an easy yet stylish weeknight dinner.

boneless pork chops with rosemary peaches

Skillet Boneless Pork Chops with Rosemary Peaches
Serves 4
Print recipe only here.

Pork:
4 boneless pork chops (about 4-6 ounces each)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter

Rosemary Peaches:
4 teaspoons butter
4 ripe yet still firm yellow peaches, sliced with the skins on
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Trim any fat off of the pork chops. Season well with salt and black pepper and let rest for 5 minutes.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 teaspoons olive oil and butter. Add pork chops. Cook 4-5 minutes, then flip once, and cook another 4-5 minutes, or until the outside is browned and crisp and the inside is cooked through yet still tender.

Meanwhile, to make the peaches, heat 4 teaspoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peach slices and cook 2-3 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the vinegar, brown sugar, rosemary, and salt and pepper, and stir. Lower heat to medium-low, and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the sauce begins to bubble up and thicken. Spoon peaches and sauce atop hot pork chops, garnish with additional chopped rosemary, if desired, and serve immediately.

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42 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's a flavorful combination! Pork goes very well with rosemary and peaches...

Cheers,

Rosa

NĂºria said...

You have convinced me!!!! Today I went to the Farmer's market, just by the corner... and bought 2 kinds of peaches: watery ones and calanda. The second kind have a stronger meat and are superflavourful!

I'll buy the meat and do your recipe, girl! My man is goona love it :D

Mishmash ! said...

peach dressed with rosemary, brown sugar and vinegar sounds good...i might have it with some ice cream too :P

Manggy said...

I love how you always find a way to bring fresh produce (fruits especially!) into your meals... Gotta have our five a day, right? :) Combined with the golden crust on those huge chops-- yum!

Rachel said...

How lovely!

Louise said...

Your timing is impeccable! I'm just cooking up some rosemary brine for my pork chops. I'll certainly use your idea for these lovelies.

Deborah said...

This looks delicious! Here in Utah, the peaches usually aren't even good until September. It's just getting to that time right now!

Joanna said...

Oh gosh! Tonight was going to be my throw-random-leftover-veggies-together night, but I have 2 peaches and some rosemary as well, and it's easy enough to pick up pork chops on the way home, and this is so super tempting... I just might have to give this a try.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Peaches seem to find their way into more and more dishes I'm cooking these days, into salsas, and into spinach salads, along with blue cheese and tomatoes. Wish our peach season here in RI was a bit longer.

Ivy said...

I've got the peaches and the pork, so I know what I will be cooking. It sounds delicious.

Peter G said...

What a creative combination Susan. I love how you manage to bring fruit into most meals and make it so tantalising.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

rosa-Doesn't it though?

nuria-Mmm... maybe I should aim to try Spanish varieties as well! Enjoy your summery peaches!

shn-Ooh, that would be great actually, wouldn't it?

mark-Oh, yes, and I've been bordering on 8 or 9 a day!

rachel-Thanks!

louise-Oh, I'm so happy to hear that!

deborah-Really? That's great to hear then.

joanna-I hope you do. It's a breeze!

lydia-I know, they are so appealing.

ivy-Yay! Glad to hear it.

peterg-Thanks. I just love combining contrasting flavors.

Kitchen Gadget Girl said...

Susan, this is great news. I am a native Californian and thought peach season was only in the summer! I will seek out these wonderful sounding peaches at our farmers market....

Heather said...

mmmm i LOVE rosemary and peaches! this looks lovely!

Darius T. Williams said...

Oh - you and that damn camera again - I love it! Pork and Fruit - always a winner in my book!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Annie said...

The few peaches I've had this year were very disappointing. Although they weren't hard, they didn't have any flavor.
I will have to look for the Sept. crop at my local farms and orchards.

The rosemary and peach combo sounds so fantastic.

ttfn300 said...

After your cornbread I'm sold on adding spices to fruit :) Have to give this one a shot!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What a great idea Susan! I love peaches and rosemary together in sweets and never had them together in a savory dish! looks great!

Grace said...

what a wonderful way to spruce up your pig! i've started putting rosemary on just about every vegetable under the sun, but i haven't tried it on peaches. i shall! :)

Kristen said...

8:47am and I want pork chops! Beautiful presentation of a lovely sweet and savory meal, Susan!

Prudy said...

I have everything I need to make this tonight. It's stunning and I love the fact that the peaches aren't even peeled. Easy, gorgeous and elegant too. You've done it again.

Lisa said...

This looks so good and we have had an abundance of delicious peaches.

Kara said...

Your timing is perfect... I have some boneless pork chops waiting for this delicious recipe! Can't wait to try it... we love rosemary, and this time with sweet peaches? Yum!

Lori Lynn said...

Really nice Susan! I love the crust you got on those chops. Peaches and rosemary, a magical pairing.

Culinarywannabe said...

Oh I am always so jealous of all your wonderful fresh produce! These peaches sound delicious, and the pairing with rosemary sounds so interesting!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I love peach season, but I got so stuck on the sweet applications and completely forgot the savory ones. This looks spectacular and sounds like an absolutely delicious meal.

cooknkate said...

I love sprinkling peaches with brown sugar and then dropping them on a hot grill. Oh are they ever yummy....

Tartelette said...

I love peaches and herbs and served with pork...delicious!

Maryann said...

I'm clapping! Pork and peaches..what a wonderful combo :)

linda said...

Wonderful combination! I use them sometimes in a salad, delicious!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

gudren-Happy hunting!

heather-Thank you!

darius-Great!

annie-The later ones are usually better.

ttfn-Oh, it's wonderful, isn't it?

ccookie-Oh, then you should love it!

grace-Peaches and rosemary are natural partners.

kristen-That's music to my ears!

prudy-That is terribly kind of you to say.

lisa-Hope you try it then.

kara-You should have wonderful peaches where you are too!

lorilynn-I love the crisp crust too.

cwannabe-We are lucky to have such amazing produce.

mike-I tend to get stuck on the savory and slight the sweet!

kate-That sounds simply scrumptious!

helen-:)

maryann-You're so funny.

linda-I love them in salads, especially with peppery arugula.

Alexa said...

Sweet juicy seasonal peaches elevate any main course. How wonderful that you still have good ones near you. The last ones I bought here where powdery and tasteless. I was so sad.

Lynda (TasteFood) said...

I was at the farmers' market this morning, and heard from my favorite peach-man that today is the last of his peaches. Happily I came home with some. If I can wrangle a few for myself from the rest of my fmaily, I will make this delicious sounding sauce.

Ann said...

Wonderful flavor combination, Susan. And such a beautiful dish, too!

Christine said...

I love using peaches in this way, Susan. We often grill them and add them as a side to grilled meats and veggies. Your top photo is fantastic!

Caviar and Codfish said...

OooOo.. I didn't know I could still get peaches! Thank you!!

Jeanne said...

Oh, I love your fruit & meat combinations! This one looks particularly yummy and ooooh the colour on those peaches...

Zen Chef said...

Oh yum! This sounds delicious. And with the touch of vinegar.. just perfect. Nicely done!

Cris said...

Pork goes so well with a sweet and sour flavor... love your recipe.

Helene said...

We don't really eat a lot of pork but looking at the picture & recipe it makes me want to make some soon. Thanks for sharing.

Jaime said...

wow, what a great way to enjoy peaches. i wish they weren't so expensive - and that i wasn't too lazy to go to the farmer's market. i need to start going there again on the weekends....

Elle said...

This sounds wonderful & we have some nice ripe peaches right now...and lots of rosemary. Mmmm.

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