A recipe really works for me when everyone (including two toddlers) give Mom the thumbs up at dinner, scarf it down, and then beg for more. This is one of those recipes. It started out as an accident; I bought a can of crushed pineapple instead of chunks, then I didn't know what to do with it. I looked online and found this chicken recipe, and we really liked it. But then chicken wasn't on sale for a while and I had a lot of pork chops, so I gave it a try with pork.
Oh, my! It must be the acid in the pineapple that breaks down the pork, but it comes out so tender and juicy. I'm not usually one for fruit + meat, but I looove this. And my kids looove it, even though there's a tiny bit of heat to it (the crushed red pepper flakes). I hope you'll give it a try. It's quite yummy.
Pineapple Pork Chops
adapted from this chicken recipe
1 to 1.25 pounds pork loin (boneless when I can get it), sliced into chops
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp minced ginger (you can use fresh or just the powder)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 8-oz can crushed pineapple
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place pork in single layer. In a bowl, combine soy sauce with brown sugar, ginger, crushed pepper and pineapple. Pour over pork chops. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, basting frequently.
I serve mine with brown rice and something green. The juice and pineapple bits from the pan taste great on the rice. Mmmm….healthy and delicious.
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