My thoughts are turning not only to gift buying but to what to serve the holiday week! Yes, week. Family is coming; it is a winter home based vacation for us all so we want some extra special meals. This one takes a routine pork chop meal up a notch in flavor.
Earlier this week, when I was searching the jelly and jam selection at the grocery store, I spied fig preserves so I snatched it up having this sumptuous meal in mind for the holiday week. I figured I photograph it right before we would eat it…next week. But as I was going through my 2015 photos last night, I came across these.
This is a fancy meal for special occasions without a lot of fancy preparation. Personally, I love that kind of meal! The bonus is not going out which we all know can happen during Christmas week with last minute shopping or in our case, some Christmas sightseeing. Hershey Park has a beautiful light display we plan to visit one evening.
I was inspired after a spring time Sunday lunch at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Pork medallions with fig sauce. I am not a fig fan but the grilled medallions appealed to me. It was so delicious!
Fig sauce, no idea where to start? No problem. Start at your local food store and buy fig preserves. Slowly melt the fig preserves in the microwave or sauce pan stirring often to prevent scorching. The secret of melting preserves for an extra punch for a meal makes these seemingly elaborate sauces available for the home kitchen cook like me!
Steamed brocoli and Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice are complimentary sides. Add a green salad and you have a fancy meal better than a restaurant.
- 4 -6 pork chops or 8-10 medallions
- fig preserves
- olive oil if not grilling
- salt and pepper
- Lightly season pork chops or medallions.
- Grill until done or pan fry in olive oil.
- Prepare fig sauce by heating preserves in sauce pan over medium heat until melted completely.
- Stir frequently to prevent scorching.
- Keep warm until time to serve.
- Serve over pork chops or on the side.
Hope this will inspire a special meal for your family and guests for the holiday season!
How is your holiday meal planning coming along? Anything tips or special suggestions to share?
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