Pork Chops with Grilled Nectarines, Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola Cheese

by jenna on September 13, 2013

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I made the most delicious dinner the other day and couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Seriously, Adam was ready to marry me all over again after eating this…or at least go up to the roof and finish building the planter boxes we started for our new veggie garden. The flavors in this dish are unreal, thanks to delicious balsamic caramelized onions, grilled nectarines and gorgonzola cheese. You might not think those things go together but they do. Oh, they do.

This is a great way to make good use of the last of the summer stone fruit at the market! I found some great looking nectarines for this, but you could also use peaches if you can still find them. Or even plums! I might try making it again next week with plums because that just sounds divine. I love how at Trader Joe’s you can buy packages of two perfect little pork chops — perfect for cooking for two and don’t dry out, thanks to the bone in them.

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First up, the balsamic caramelized onions. We LOVE caramelized onions in this house and Adam always asks for them. In my opinion, they make everything better….hot dogs, burgers, tacos, pizzas, pork chops…..the list goes on.

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Next, the grilled nectarines. No need to become grillmaster outside for these — I love using my grill pan for quick and easy cooking! Grilled fruit is my favorite and if you haven’t tried this grilled peach and chicken salad you’re in for a real treat! When you’re making this recipe, you should totally make extra grilled nectarines and fill them with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Amazing.

Despite sounding sort of complicated, this dinner comes together in just under half an hour. Hope y’all love it as much as we did!!

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Pork Chops with Grilled Nectarines, Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola Cheese

inspired by Women’s Health Magazine

serves 2

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Ingredients:

2 bone-in pork chops

3 firm but ripe nectarines, halved and pit removed

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup crumbed gorgonzola cheese

salt and pepper

Directions:

Drizzle olive oil in a small skillet. Turn heat to medium and when hot, add the onions. Saute the onions for about 15 minutes, until very soft and caramelized. Midway through, add the balsamic vinegar. When they are done, turn burner off and set onions aside for the time being.

Now, heat a grill pan over high heat. Spray with nonstick spray or drizzle a little more olive oil in. When hot, place the nectarines, cut-side down, on the hot pan. Cook for about 4 -5 minutes until soft. Place nectarines on a plate to the side. Slice when cool.

Place pork chops in the hot grill pan and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cook pork chops for about 6-7 minutes per side. The meat should be light pink on the inside when done. If using a meat thermometer, cook until chops register at 150 degrees F.

Place chops on plates and top with caramelized onions, grilled nectarines and two tbsp gorgonzola cheese each. Enjoy!

Time:

30 minutes

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Jodi September 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

holy yum! can’t wait to try this! thanks!

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Sam September 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

Whoa! Perfect dish!! Totally trying this. Thanks for sharing.

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

Yummy!!! I want to jump through the screen and stuff my face.

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Heather @ Forsythia + Oak September 13, 2013 at 8:06 am

Mmmmm I love the combination of sweet and savory. I’m having a girls’ night next weekend and I’m already planning to make a pear/balsamic/gorgonzola flatbread!

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Sarah September 13, 2013 at 8:36 am
Heather September 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

OH.
MY.
WORD.

Girl, I’D marry you for a dinner like this! Not that my hubby would be too excited about that… ;)

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erin @hooleywithaz September 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

hah, i totally echo heather. i think this is a wife material dinner recipe for sure!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks for the reminder to use a grill pan! I have one but almost never use it. Not sure why but thanks for the nudge because those grilled nectarines look wonderful!

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Madison September 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

YES ! I love nectarines and just started liking pork chops: so this is a winner for real!

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Caroline L. September 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

… and I think I want to be your best friend after seeing this!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

Looks delicious — perfect for fall!

Have a great weekend!

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Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

my husband has been asking for pork chops, but i don’t cook them often & don’t really know what to do with them. i think i’ll try this recipe!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Everything about this dish is drool-worthy!!

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John September 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

This is it!…its the third recipe I’ve seen in a row and it’s the game changer!..I gotta go and eat now, thanks alot! LOL

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Tieghan September 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Oh i did these flavors!! Love the peaches and the gorgonzola together! It is one of my favorite combos!

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jenn @ runnderlust September 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm

looks delicious!!! pear and gorgonzola pizza is a must try if you like this.

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dishing up the dirt September 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

My husband and I are all about the sweet and savory dinner these days. Sounds like an amazing early fall dinner!

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Jenna September 14, 2013 at 5:53 am

The flavors here sound beyond amazing!! Dinner next week for sure

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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent September 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

Wow! My husband would love this dinner. Totally going to have to save it and make it for him.

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Emily @ Life on Food September 15, 2013 at 3:38 am

I made something similar the other night minus the cheese. Oh how could I have forgotten some cheese. I will definitely be doing a repeat with this recipe. Lovely!

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Sonal September 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

I never thought about grilling fruit, I don’t know why because it looks delicious! :) Thanks Jenna!

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Nicole September 16, 2013 at 5:52 am

I’m pretty sure I need those pork chops in my life. I am longing to live in a place where we are allowed to own a grill!

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Judy September 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I’m still warming up to blue cheese, but I do enjoy it in small amounts. I think this does look like a delicious combo though.

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Coty and Mariah September 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Love the addition of peaches. Great fall time meal!

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Caroline H September 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This sounds perfect! It will definitely be on our menu with the quickness!

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Ja @Ja on the RUN September 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

OMG!!! YUMMY!

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Stephnaie September 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I made this on Sunday night and it was a HUGE hit! I ended up using grilled peaches (still awesome) and I plan on making it again this week with nectarines. Thanks for the recipe!!

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Kristen September 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Just had this for dinner and it was a winner! Picky kids liked the juicy pork and nectarines by themselves, my husband and I loved the whole combo. Perfect with broccoli or a salad.

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Ashlea September 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

This looks amazing! What do you suggest for sides?

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Ellie E September 25, 2013 at 1:49 am

I made this last night and it was delicious. Quick and easy and full of lots of flavor. I served it with sweet potato fries. Thanks for the recipe.

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Mary Catherine November 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

This was wonderful! Since peaches and nectarines are out of season I used apples instead and loved it. Thank you Jenna!

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