Southwest Pork Chops with Spicy Pumpkin Sauce

Southwest Pork Chops with Spicy Pumpkin Sauce

This colorful and flavorful dish gets its inspiration from the Southwest, using native squash, smoked jalapeno (chipotle) and favorite spices from this region. Serve with cornbread and green beans in a vinaigrette dressing.

4 boneless pork chops, 1-inch thick
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1 8-ounce jar salsa
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 plum tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

In medium saucepan combine pumpkin, chipotle, salsa, cheese and nutmeg. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture almost boils. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In small bowl stir together brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper; sprinkle evenly over pork chops. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook 8-10 minutes, until nicely browned on both sides.

To serve spoon about 1/3 cup pumpkin mixture over bottom of four plates; top with pork chops. Garnish with tomatoes and cilantro.

Serves four.

Wine Suggestion: Try a chilled dry Riesling or a Gewurztraminer; or chilled beer.

Thanks to the National Pork Board for this recipe.

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