Prune Sauce Complements Chops


February 03, 2010|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Ginger Hale from Ruxton wrote in search of a recipe she has lost for pork chops cooked with prunes and molasses. She said that her mother got the recipe in the mid-1940s from what must have been one of the earliest TV cooking shows. Unfortunately, I did not receive any answers from readers about this particular recipe, but I was confident that I could find something close to what Hale was looking for if I searched the Internet.

These days pork, either stuffed or cooked with dried fruit, is a popular combination. A recipe for spiced pork chops with prunes I found on seemed to fit the bill. I made only one minor modification and that was to substitute 1 tablespoon of molasses for the 1 tablespoon of sugar in the original recipe. The chops came out very moist and tasty, and the accompanying prune sauce was delicious on the chops and served over white rice.


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Spiced Pork Chops with Prunes

Makes: 2 servings


1-inch thick pork chops


tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


teaspoon mustard, wet or dried


teaspoon cinnamon


cup pitted dried prunes


whole cloves


cup water


teaspoon vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice


tablespoon molasses

Whisk Worcestershire sauce and mustard together in a small bowl. Brush pork chops on both sides with mixture. Brown chops slowly in cast iron or nonstick skillet for 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

Meanwhile, gently simmer the prunes, vinegar or lemon juice, water, spices and molasses in a small sauce pan for 10 minutes. Pour mixture over chops. Cover and simmer until pork is fork tender, around 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Variation: If you prefer, dried apricots, pears, apples or raisins may be substituted for the prunes.

Nutrition information

Per serving: 376 calories, 14 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 34 grams carbohydrates, 27 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, 87 milligrams cholesterol, 160 milligrams sodium

Note: Nutritional analyses in today's Taste section were conducted by registered dietitian Jodie Shields unless otherwise stated.

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