Maple Glazed Pork Chops With Cauliflower and Leek

Any pork chops are great but these maple glazed pork chops are good to the power of maple syrup and mustard and that is before we even get to the Cauliflower and Leeks!

Any pork chops are great and these maple syrup and mustard glazed pork chops are joined by Cauliflower and Leeks to create a complete meal!

Maple Glazed Pork Chops With Cauliflower and Leek.

I love pork chops, and these maple glazed pork chops are a real favourite of mine.

I have no idea why they hold such a special part in my heart, mind and belly but they just do.

I’m sure the relative price is part of it and let’s face it pork is much more interesting than chicken.

This pork chop recipe contrasts the mustard flavour with maple syrup… 

This helps form a nice shiny glaze on the pork chops.

Pork has such a great affinity with sweetness which often appears in the form of fruit. Great examples of this are my Pork Chops with Blackberries or Pork Chops with Pear.

Any pork chops are great and these maple syrup and mustard glazed pork chops are joined by Cauliflower and Leeks to create a complete meal!

How to Buy Pork Chops!

As with most of my pork chop recipes, here I go for thick cut pork chops and not the positively anorexic offerings from the supermarket shelves.

I also almost always go for bone-in pork chops.

There is something magical about the aroma of roasting bones, one that anyone that makes their own stock will be very familiar with.

When buying pork chops I always look for fat content.

The fat content is probably the best visual indicator to the quality and husbandry of the piggie you are buying.

Fat is a function of both age and diet and all of this points to flavour. 

Depending on the bread of pig you may find marbling in the eye of the pork chop itself.

But what you really need to look for is beautiful clean white fat along the top of the chop where the skin would sit.

Another good indicator is the fat at the base of the loin where the round meets the bone.

Any pork chops are great and these maple syrup and mustard glazed pork chops are joined by Cauliflower and Leeks to create a complete meal!

Pork Crackling!

The crispy skin of the piggie is heaven as far as I am concerned!

It is actually a little difficult to get good crispy crackling on the skin of a pork chop without overcooking the pork.

The maple syrup and honey would also prevent crisping in this recipe.

I resolve that problem by cooking the crackling separately in this maple glazed pork chops recipe.

As far as I am concerned this is the best part of the dish! It definitely needs to be there and this is a fab way to add it back into the dish.

I like me you are a crackling fiend you should definitely check out my Chinese pork belly and recently posted pork knuckle recipes.

If you want something a little different check out the crackling on this ham hock salad.

Yes, I am the kinda guy that puts pork crackling on salad! Sue me!!!!!!!!

Any pork chops are great and these maple syrup and mustard glazed pork chops are joined by Cauliflower and Leeks to create a complete meal!
Maple Glazed Pork Chops With Cauliflower and Leek

Maple Glazed Pork Chops With Cauliflower and Leek

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Any pork chops are great but these maple syrup and mustard glazed pork chops are good to the power of maple syrup and mustard and that is before we even get to the Cauliflower and Leeks!

Ingredients

  • 140 g Leeks, Sliced into 1cm rings
  • 275 g Cauliflower, Broken into large florets
  • 700 g Pork Chops
  • 125 ml Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 25 g Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Begin by removing the skin and most of the fat for the pork chop, we will be cooking this separately.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  3. Heat a pan that can be transferred to the oven over a medium high heat and season the pork chop skins with salt and pepper and place them in the pan skin side down.
  4. Add a pan to the top of the skins to prevent curling and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook on the fat side for a couple of minutes so it begins to release some fat.
  6. Layout your cauliflower florets on a baking tray and pour over the olive oil, season with salt and then sprinkle over the mustard seeds.
  7. Add your pork skins to this tray skin side up and place in the oven.
  8. Season your pork chops with salt and pepper and then sear in the pan you cooked your pork skin in.
  9. Mix together the mustard, garlic and maple syrup and then add to the pan that the pork chops were cooking in after you have removed it from the heat.
  10. Return the chops to the pan and cover in the syrup before adding a lid and cooking for 10 minutes.
  11. After 10 minutes remove the lid and give the pork chops a baste and return to the oven until cooked through, this will entirely depend on the size. Use a meat thermometer and look for a temperature of 68°C at the thickest part. This took a further 8 minutes for my chops.
  12. When your chops have been in the oven for the second time for 5 minutes heat a non-.stick pan over a medium high heat and sear your leek rings on both sides.
  13. When seared pop in the butter and place on a lid and allow to sit on a low heat whilst your pork is finishing and resting.
  14. Remove the pork from the oven when cooked and rest for 3-4 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1166 Total Fat: 57g Saturated Fat: 20g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 29g Cholesterol: 321mg Sodium: 833mg Carbohydrates: 70g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 55g Protein: 94g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

12 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Such a yummy and delicious recipe! The flavor of maple and mustard together with the taste of chops surely complements each other very well! Thank you for sharing this by the way!

  2. Hi Brian. Maple and Pork Chops are such a classic combination. Throw in some Dijon and this is a “must try soon”. Pinning.

  3. I adore maple glazed pork – definitely making this during the week for the family, the chops looks delicious

  4. I love your description that they hold a place in your heart mind and belly. The maple mustard glaze sounds (and looks!) incredible in this dish.

  5. Such a lovely idea to glaze with delicious ingredients for sweet and sticky flavoursome pork chops, a perfect and wholesome winter supper. I have to agree that the crackling is such a tasty part of pork that it is hard to resist.

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