Harvest Pork Chops

Harvest Pork Chops :: Zim on a Whim

Please don’t ask me why these are called Harvest Pork Chops when the three ingredients it calls for have absolutely nothing to do with harvesting anything! Well, I guess if you want to stretch it a bit. This is a super easy pork chop recipe that my mother used to make when we were little, and it has stood the test of time all these years. I’m not sure where she got it from — perhaps her mother made it as well — and it only uses a few ingredients that you probably have on hand already!

Now, don’t be grossed out when I tell you the sauce is just ketchup and orange juice. I know, it sounds so un-gourmet, but after a nice simmer the flavors really connect well with each other. This is best served with some rice on the side, soaking up some of that sauce. Add a green veggie and you’re set!

You will want to use pork chops with the bone in. If you use the boneless ones, they will come out too dry. I have tried it, and even the sauce can’t help them!

If you have young children, give this a try. My kids really like this dish. {Even before they knew there was ketchup in it!} If you’re not so great in the kitchen, this is a very easy dish to whip up. Totally a beginner’s recipe. Try it and let me know what you think!

4 Center Cut Pork Chops, bone-in (medium thickness/not too thin and not too thick!)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
Onion Powder
Canola or Vegetable Oil
1 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Ketchup

1. Trim away the excess fat from along the edge the pork chops. Season both sides of the chops with kosher salt, black pepper, and onion powder.
2. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. (Use one that has a lid. You will need it later.)
3. Brown the pork chops a few minutes on each side. You are not cooking them through; You just want a nice brown color on them.
4. While the meat is browning, whisk together the orange juice and the ketchup until well combined. Add a little salt, pepper, and onion powder to this mixture as well.
5. Remove chops from the pan and drain the excess oil.
6. Pour the sauce mixture into the pan, and add the chops back in, coating them completely with the sauce.
7. Cover the pan and turn down the heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes.
8. Serve the pork chops with sauce and rice. Enjoy!

Maybe instead of Harvest Pork Chops they should be called O.K. Pork Chops? O for orange juice, K for ketchup? Yes? No? Is this thing on?


6 thoughts on “Harvest Pork Chops

  1. Hi Micha – Thanks for the mention, but I couldn’t get the page to show.  Don’t know what happened!  Love, MOM

  2. my mother-in-law made these for my husband when he was growing up and for years, I tried to get her recipe right….these taste just like he remembers….thanks!

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