Pork Chops Recipe with Strawberry Basil Compote

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Happy Labor day, y’all! Having a fabulous day off? Since I work for myself and took a vacation last week, I’ll be glued to the computer all day. But, it’s raining so it’s fine 🙂 Now, since most of y’all are amazing planners who’ve had your entire Labor Day picnic menu planned out on Pinterest for months, you probably don’t need inspiration for a main course. But, I made you one anyway. And to all those last minute planners (like me), I’ve taken the stress out of your day. I’d like you to meet my dear friend, pork chops with strawberry basil compote.

These chops were absolutely mouth-watering. Oh and they smelled like pure heaven. There’s really no better pairing than savory pork and sweet, tangy fruit. Oh, and clearly, there’s bacon too. Pork two ways!

You could prepare these in a number of ways. Grill, bake, steam. I chose to go the healthiest route, aka, frying in a tablespoon of bacon fat. Whoops 🙂 Because the pork is higher in fat, I chose to pair it with a super low-calorie and healthy topping, strawberry compote! There’s just 50 calories per cup of strawberries, plus they are loaded with antioxidants that help reduce cancer risks, fight inflammatory disorders AND help lower blood pressure. Just think of the berries as pork’s skinny jeans or their slimming black wrap dress.

This is the perfect “sayonara” summer meal. Full of plump, tart strawberries and citrus, it’s one last seasonal meal before it’s time to trade in the berries for apples and the flip flops for boots. And really, it has bacon. and bacon fat. Why wouldn’t you want to eat it?


Nutritional information per 5 ounce pork chop with 1 tablespoon compote:

Calories: 520
Fat: 25 grams
Carbohydrates: 7 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 32 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 10

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  1. Posted by Baker Street on
    Monday, September 3rd, 2012
    The pork chops look incredible and I love the idea of berry basil compote on top of it!
  2. Posted by domesticfits on
    Monday, September 3rd, 2012
    I'm sort of in denial about summer coming to an end, but I'm also really happy to start seeing fall produce. Seriously, why can't we just have both? and some pork chops.
  3. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Monday, September 3rd, 2012
    Pork chops pair so perfectly with fruit...and though I'd never thought of using strawberries, your compote looks amazing and perfect with the chops :)
  4. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
    I love pairing fruit with proteins like this. It really brightens up a dish. This looks decadent (and the bacon fat is such a yummy way to saute)
  5. Posted by amy donovan on
    Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
    what an awesome combo of flavors here, nom!
  6. Posted by Jessica_AKitchenAddiction on
    Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
    I love the sound of the compote!
  7. Posted by 52KitchenAdventures on
    Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
    This is a great alternative to pairing pork chops with applesauce. Plus, the healthiness of the strawberries totally balances out the bacon fat and pork...right? :)