Pat pork chops dry, then sprinkle on both sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper(total).
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook pork chops, turning once, until browned and just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and keep warm, loosely covered with foil.
Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Heat butter in skillet over medium heat until foam subsides, then cook shallots with thyme, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden-brown, about 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 cup brandy to skillet and carefully ignite with a kitchen match (use caution; flames will shoot up), then cook over medium heat, scraping bottom of skillet to loosen brown bits.
When flames subside, add peaches, preserves, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and cook, covered, until peaches are tender and juicy, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining tablespoon brandy, any meat juices from platter, and salt and pepper to taste, then spoon sauce over chops.
Notes: I think that next time I'm going to try this on my grill pan and work on the sauce separately. The chops just weren't moist enough for me. I didn't ignite the brandy because I didn't think it would work on my non-stick pans. I didn't want to burn off the non-stick coating. Someday I'll have my lovely stainless steel pots and pans and I can set fire to all the brandy I want. I didn't have shallots and I couldn't find any in the stores. I had green onions, which were good enough to substitute. They smelled delicious with the thyme. YUM. I also couldn't find frozen peaches. I don't think I've ever seen frozen fruit in the grocery store. I used three fresh peaches and added just a touch of sugar to the slices to help them keep their sweetness. DELICIOUS! I could live on fresh summer fruit and nothing else.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (335g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 261 (47%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 29g||39 %|
|Saturated Fat 10g||50 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 11.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 4.1g|
|Cholesterol 152.6mg||47 %|
|Sodium 119.9mg||4 %|
|Potassium 913.7mg||24 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 25g||7 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.3g||5 %|
|Sugars, other 23.7g|
|Protein 42.5g||61 %|
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Calories per serving: 552
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