Roasted pork chops topped with a pomegranate sauce is an easy and elegant meal that can be on the table in 30 minutes. Excellent paired with a Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. Click here to jump down to the recipe or get to the wine details.
This Pork Chops with Pomegranate Sauce recipe has been in the pipeline for awhile.
The idea of making some pomegranate sauce for pork chops started percolating when I was planning for our January #SonomaStrong Wine Pairing Weekend post. I had a good bottle of Sonoma Pinot on hand, and I got to thinking about good pairings for Pinot Noir.
I recalled Lori from Pairings Wine and Food mentioned that Pinot goes with pomegranate molasses. She mentioned that pairing explaining why Pinot goes well with Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip. I had a good amount of the molasses on hand from making that tasty dip, so I decided to feature it in some pomegranate sauce for pork chops.
Making Pomegranate Sauce
This pomegranate sauce is easy to prepare alongside the pork chop prep process. Start making the pomegranate sauce as the pork chops absorbs the rub.
You start by sautéing an onion in the sauce pan. Then pomegranate molasses gets added along with some red wine, and these ingredients simmer to reduce the sauce. Finish with a little butter, salt and pepper, and you’ve got some tasty pomegranate sauce for pork chops. I bet this would also be good with chicken.
Keep the pomegranate sauce warm as the pork chop finishes roasting. Spoon the pomegranate sauce over the pork chops when finished. You could try sprinkling some bits of pomegranate fruit over the pork, too, for a nice presentation.
Pinot with Pork Chops and Pomegranate Sauce
We opened a bottle of 2013 Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($44, 14.2% ABV). I get a whiff of lilacs in the breeze from the bouquet of this Pinot. Taste of blackberry jam, licorice and a bit of vanilla. Mineral notes underlying the wine. A delicious, complex wine with a nice finish.
As suspected, this Pinot pairs well with the pomegranate sauce. The fruit notes of the wine match the subtle pomegranate flavor, and this Pinot is big enough to match the pork chop as well.
We served the pork chops with some Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash, which also goes very well with the Pinot.
The Mas Cavalls Pinot comes from the Doña Margarita Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. The vineyard lies in a cool microclimate, with cool nights and fairly warm dies making it good for growing Pinot.
Marimar Estate gets its name from Marimar Torres, the founder / proprietor of the winery. Marimar started her career in the Torres family winery in Spain. After boosting sales of Torres wines in the US, in 1986 she started making plans to create her own winery in Sonoma.
Pork Chops with Pomegranate Sauce
Roasted pork chops topped with a savory pomegranate sauce for a tasty and easy meal. Excellent paired with a good Pinot Noir.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 3 servings
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: American
- PORK CHOPS
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp rosemary, thyme
- 3 pork chops, 1 to 1.5 inches thick
- POMEGRANATE SAUCE
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 tbsp butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, convection setting. (or 425 conventional)
- Combine the garlic powder, salt, rosemary and thyme in small mixing bowl.
- Rinse and pat dry the pork chops. Sprinkle rub to just cover one side of the chops, gently rubbing the mixture into the meat. Turn the chops over and repeat the process to coat the 2nd side with the rub. Let the pork chops sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to absorb the rub.
- Meanwhile, start making the sauce. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce page on medium. Add the onion and sauté for a about 5 minutes until softened.
- Stir the red wine and pomegranate molasses into the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer while the pork chops cook.
- Start cooking the pork chops as the sauce simmers. Heat an ovenproof skillet to medium high, spray with cooking oil. Place the pork chops in the skillet, sear the chops for 2 minutes on one side, then flip and sear for another minute on the other side.
- Remove the chops to the oven. Roast for 12 minutes, check for doneness; you may need a few more minutes but don’t want to overcook the pork. The pork chops should be cooked through but still be very moist. If using a thermometer 135 degrees is when you should remove it from oven as it will come to the recommended 145 when resting. When done, remove from oven and let rest on a platter for a few minutes.
- Finish the pomegranate sauce by melting the butter into the sauce, and adding salt and pepper to taste.
- Plate the pork chops, and top with a serving of the pomegranate sauce. Enjoy!