Amaretto-Maple Glazed Pork Chops

by Erin

When I packed up most of my belongings into a POD, I had all kinds of food and drinks for those who came to help: cookies, pizza, ranch pretzels, candy, juice, pop (yes pop), and liquor. Drinking liquor while moving heavy boxes and furniture is a fantastic idea, isn’t it? Okay maybe not large quantities of it but I did have several more than half-empty bottles of liquor that I was in no mood to put in a box and move, so I told my my friends to drink up or at least take it with them when they left.

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There were however a couple select bottles that I did keep and brought them with me. Such as a new bottle of Patron silver, several bottles of wine, and the remnants of Disaronno. Now, my parents do not drink alcohol except on the rare occasion but that didn’t stop me from getting excited by the idea of making pork chops with an amaretto glaze.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve cooked pork chops, but these were the most tender and juicy pork chops I have ever had. I’m not sure if it was pounding the crap out of them with a meat mallet that did it or the cooking method, but either way they were fantastic. And in case you didn’t think it could possibly get any better, they were also smothered in a amaretto-maple glaze. Winner winner chicken pork chop dinner.

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Makes 4 pork chops


1/4 cup amaretto

3 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp ground mustard

4 boneless center cut pork chops

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine amaretto, sugar, maple syrup, worcestershire, vinegar and mustard. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring every now and then. Remove from heat and let sit to thicken.
  3. Pound pork chops with a meat tenderizer, then season on both sides with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat a cast iron (or oven-safe) skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with canola oil and once hot, add pork chops. Sear on one side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Turn off heat, add chicken stock to skillet, then place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Once finished, pour glaze over top and serve immediately.

Source: Adapted slightly from How Sweet It Is.


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kara March 12, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Ohh, I have to try this recipe!

Joanne March 4, 2014 - 7:51 am

We’ve had a bottle of amaretto sitting around for a lONG time now…definitely need to turn it into this glaze!

spiffycookie March 4, 2014 - 9:30 am

If you don’t want to drink your alcohol, then eat it ;-)

Zainab @ Blahnik Baker March 4, 2014 - 12:59 am

You make me wish I eat pork!! But I am sure this will be great with chicken too :)

Susan Geske March 3, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Looks so yummy!! Will definitely try…where can I find the recipe for the brussel sprouts? They look awesome too!!!

spiffycookie March 3, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Thank you! The brussels recipe will be posted on Wednesday. If you cannot wait, let me know and I’ll e-mail it to you haha.

Susan Geske March 4, 2014 - 10:03 am

Awesome! Thank you so much! Will check it out on Wednesday!!

spiffycookie March 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

The recipe is up! Enjoy :-)

Stephanie @ Plain Chicken March 3, 2014 - 3:32 pm

I LOVE amaretto – can’t wait to try this!

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats March 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Ohh these look like a great excuse to buy some liquor! Pork chops are fantastic and I seriously always forget to make them! YUM!


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