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Apricot-Hoisin Pork Chops with Somen

Posted Sep 13 2008 3:51am

Adapted from Cooking Light, April 2003. Serve with steamed snow peas or broccoli florets. Somen noodles and hoisin sauce can be found on the Asian foods aisle of your supermarket or in an Asian market. Hoisin is like a Chinese ketchup or barbecue sauce; it's thick and has a wonderful rich, sweet-spicy flavor.

4 ounces uncooked somen (wheat noodles) or angel hair pasta
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Cook noodles according to package directions.

2. While noodles cook, combine broth, preserves and hoisin sauce in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork chops with pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Add broth mixture; bring to a boil and cook until sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup (about 8 minutes). Serve over noodles. Serves 4.

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