Warm Balsamic, Fig and Apricot Sauce

We had pork chops for dinner last night, my partner cooked them on a little electric grill that’s a gem to own if you don’t have time to light a charcoal BBQ after a long day. The entire thing can be placed in the dishwasher (except the frame) and it’s a favourite cooking appliance in this house. This was one of those quick impromptu meals that turned out well!

I had figs and apricots that needed to be eaten, so cooked up this quick side sauce for the pork. This recipe is loosely based from an Epicurious one. It took all of 20 minutes, and I made a salad while it simmered. Turned out great! I think even if you had to make it with just apricots or even diced Grannysmith apples or berries, it would be just as good. Fruit is a delicious accompaniment with pork. Watch your carbs when you eat fruit though! It’s summer fruit time, so my carb count has mostly been fruit-centric as I adore summer fruits. Life’s too short to miss out on these beautiful, delicious, sun warmed summer gifts!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup well aged sweet balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup half apple cider vinegar, half water (iow diluted)
  • 3 – 4 figs, washed, quartered with skin on
  • 4 apricots washed, sliced
  • 1 small onion or 3 shallots sliced
  • Chilli flakes, 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup)
  • 3 twigs of rosemary
  • 2 tblsp Keto maple syrup

Method

  • Place vinegars in small pot, add onions, chilli flakes and rosemary, bring to simmer
  • Add sliced fruit, let simmer 10 minutes
  • Lastly add butter and syrup (honey would work too) stir gently to not break the fruit
  • Simmer 5 more minutes, turn off stove and keep warm to serve with pork

Apologies for the lack of photos and these are not great. Once I tasted the sauce, I thought it should be posted, it’s too tasty not to share!

I’m posting a pic of the grill in case anyone is interested, I have no affiliation with Hamilton Beach company. The lid, grid and drip tray all go in the dishwasher and super easy to reassemble. It’s a great little appliance and heats up really fast. Here it is straight out of the dishwasher, ready to go back onto the porch.

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