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Pork Chops with Fig and Grape Agrodolce image

Fresh figs and grapes cooked in balsamic vinegar and honey make an addictively sweet and sour sauce for pork chops in this seasonal fall dinner. A pleasantly bitter radicchio salad offsets all that sweet and sour in just the right way-you're going to want dip it in the sauce as you eat.

Provided by Anna Stockwell

Categories     Gluten-Free and Fresh     Wheat/Gluten-Free     Dinner     Pork     Pork Chop     Radicchio     Grape     Fig     Rosemary     Fall

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 15

4 (1"-thick) bone-in pork chops, preferably Frenched (about 2 pounds)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey, divided
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved (about 10 ounces)
8 ounces fresh black Mission figs, halved
3 sprigs rosemary
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 small head of radicchio (about 10 ounces), leaves separated and cut into medium pieces
1 cup (loosely packed) parsley leaves


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Season pork chops on both sides with 1 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over high. Working in batches if needed, sear pork chops until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet; reserve pan drippings in skillet. Roast pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 135°F, about 15 minutes. Let pork rest 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat skillet with drippings over medium-high. Add vinegar and cook, scraping up drippings with a wooden spoon. Stir in red pepper flakes, if using, 2 Tbsp. honey, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add grapes, figs, and rosemary and stir to coat. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and fruit is softened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  • Whisk lemon juice, mustard, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. honey, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Add radicchio and parsley and toss to coat.
  • Divide radicchio salad and pork chops among plates. Top with agrodolce.

Gulwa Qiqa
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I highly recommend this recipe.

Md Nabil
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This is one of my favorite pork chop recipes.

Irfan Ahmad
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I'll definitely be making this recipe again.

Prasenjit Roy
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This is a must-try recipe for anyone who loves sweet and savory dishes.

Rora Maro
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I would definitely recommend this recipe to anyone who loves pork chops.

Tebogo Perseverance Khohla
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This is a great recipe for a special occasion. The pork chops were tender and juicy, and the sauce was amazing.

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I'm not a big fan of pork chops, but I really enjoyed this recipe. The sauce was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Leslie Dumoo
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This recipe was easy to follow and the pork chops were cooked perfectly. The sauce was also delicious.

Andrew saine
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I've made this recipe a few times and it's always a hit. I love the way the fig and grape agrodolce sauce complements the pork chops.

anime gurll oop
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I followed the recipe exactly and the pork chops turned out tough. I'm not sure what went wrong.

Calista Sokolowski
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This is one of my favorite pork chop recipes. I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors. I also like that it's a relatively easy recipe to make.

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I made this recipe for my dinner party and it was a huge success. Everyone loved the pork chops and the sauce. I would definitely serve it again.

MdRaseduil Raseduil
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This recipe was a bit time-consuming, but it was worth it. The pork chops were cooked to perfection and the sauce was delicious. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.

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I'm not a big fan of pork chops, but this recipe changed my mind. The meat was so tender and juicy, and the sauce was amazing. I'll definitely be making this again.

Assy Sharafah
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This dish was a bit too sweet for my taste, but my husband loved it. I think next time I'll use less sugar in the agrodolce sauce.

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I love that this recipe uses seasonal ingredients. The figs and grapes really shine through in the sauce. I also appreciated the step-by-step instructions, which made it easy to follow.

prakash thami#
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5 stars! I've made this recipe several times and it's always a crowd-pleaser. The agrodolce sauce is the perfect complement to the tender pork chops.

Valérie Lauilhe
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This pork chop recipe with fig and grape agrodolce was an absolute delight! The combination of sweet and savory flavors was perfectly balanced and the meat was cooked to perfection. I served it over mashed potatoes and it was a hit with my family.