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Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda

I think I just need to tell you just right up front here… that my husband claimed this is the best dinner I’ve made him in months.  I cook for my guys pretty often- as you know, so this was quite the huge compliment.  I must say that I was most definitely in agreement on the awesome dinner assessment.  Ironically, this isn’t even a recipe I created myself.  It comes from Chef Elizabeth Falkner, and she created it for Harry & David using their amazing Royal Riviera® Pears:  Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda

When I’m making pork chops, I like to purchase the best I can find.  These are thick, bone-in chops from Whole Foods, and they were perfect for this recipe.  The pears are from Harry & David– their infamous Royal Riviera® Pears. Comice pears from your market are a proper replacement should you not have your hands on the Harry & David brand.

I’m partnering with Harry & David for Harry & David’s Seasonal Chef Program, featuring seasonally inspired recipes featuring Harry & David’s fruit. Lucky me… October is dedicated to unique interpretations of culinary creations featuring Harry & David’s famous Royal Riviera® Pear, that are easily re-created at home.  I have to tell you- this recipe may sound fancy and all using the term “Mostarda,” but it was extremely easy to make at home.  “Mostarda” is technically candied fruit cooked in a mustard-infused syrup (in this case- pears sauteed in honey and balsamic vinegar and mixed with mustard greens).

I had the opportunity to visit Harry & David and their pear orchards in person a couple of months ago.  They have quite the operation going with acres upon acres of well-tended, beautiful orchards.  Their pears are watched closely and treasured and cared-for until they are just right for picking and shipping.  I had a chance to meet someone in just about every part of the company- orchard workers, marketing execs, bow makers, basket packers, public relations reps, Moose Munch makers, and Charlie the Chocolate Scientist.  I love the company and how they run things around there.  These are good people.

It’s a wonderful thing to get a box of these pears from Harry & David in the mail (they’ve been gifted to me a few times on surprise from friends and relatives over the years).  They’re the sort of pear that will make you the pear lover you never realized you would be.  SO perfectly sweet and crisp and  delicious in every way.  My favorite way to eat them:  chop them up and add them to a salad along with some blue cheese.  And my new favorite way to eat them:  with pork chops!

It’s not often that I really gush about a recipe and am excited to make it again, but this is one of those recipes.  Pork is so often paired with apples, so it’s refreshing to see that it works wonderfully with pears too.  These chops are lightly seasoned and quickly pan-seared before finishing off in the oven and topping with the pear mostarda.  The sauteed pears are mixed with torn mustard greens, also a nice complement to the dish.  For more great recipes this fall season, you can follow Harry & David on Facebook to keep up with the latest recipes shared by their well-known seasonal chefs.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda

A recipe from Chef Elizabeth Falkner created for Harry and David- using their Royal Riviera® Pears.


1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon light brown sugar

2 bone-in center cut pork chops, 10 to 12 ounces each
1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 Harry & David Royal Riviera® Pears, diced half-inch cubes (or Comice Pears)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon mustard powder or mustard seeds (I used powder)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
a few cranks of black pepper
1 cup torn mustard greens, for serving


1. Grind together the fennel, peppercorns, salt and sugar. Use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. In a pinch you can place the spices into a freezer zip and crush them with a mallet. Rub spice mixture all over pork chops and let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

2. Prepare the chops: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Preheat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat on the stove. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chops to the skillet and sear 4 to 5 minutes on each side, turning down heat to medium if necessary. Flip again and transfer to the oven for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked to desired doneness (145 degrees is considered safe for serving, but the temperature will continue to rise 5 or so degrees as the chops rest so keep this in mind). Let the chops rest while you prepare the mostarda.

3. Prepare the mostarda: In a large skillet (I used nonstick) on medium heat, add the olive oil and then the onion. Cook the onions until they begin to soften (4 to 5 minutes), then add the pears along with the honey, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add a splash of water if the pan becomes too dehydrated. Set aside to cool a bit.

4. For serving: Toss the mostarda with the mustard greens. Set a pork chop on each plate and top with the mostarda. Serve immediately.


*Try grilling the chops in warmer weather.
*I like to use bone-in pork chops found at more quality markets like Whole Foods.

*Mustard greens are easiest to find at specialty markets (like Whole Foods). The recipe can be made without them, but I recommend picking some up if you can- they're good!

Source: (shared with permission from Harry & David)

Disclosure:  Harry & David has provided me with a stipend for time and materials invested in their Harry & David Cooks Up A Seasonal Chef Program with Top Culinary Experts.  All opinions shared about the product are my own.

422 Responses to “Pan Seared Pork Chops with Pear Mostarda”

  1. postedOct 31, 2012 9:07 AM

    I just eat them plain!

  2. postedOct 31, 2012 9:08 AM

    Liked them both on FB!

  3. postedOct 31, 2012 9:08 AM

    Followed the both on Twitter!

  4. postedOct 31, 2012 9:08 AM

    I’d like to try their pumpkin cheesecake!

  5. postedOct 31, 2012 9:11 AM

    I love a pear galette. One of my favorite things ever. This all looks delicious!

  6. postedOct 31, 2012 9:21 AM
    Tracey Bowry

    The best way to eat pears is just fresh. Eating them with sharp cheese is also yummy!

  7. postedOct 31, 2012 9:24 AM
    Tracey Bowry

    I checked out the Harry and David website. I would love to try the chocolate dipped mandarins. Chocolate and orange, yummy!

  8. postedOct 31, 2012 9:25 AM
    Tracey Bowry

    I am following Recipe Girl and Harry & David on facebook.

  9. postedOct 31, 2012 9:27 AM

    I love to make warm pears with vanilla and cinnamon.

    • postedOct 31, 2012 9:29 AM

      Well, now I’ve gotta try that too!

  10. postedOct 31, 2012 9:28 AM
    Amy Drown

    I love to feed them to my hubby….

  11. postedOct 31, 2012 9:29 AM

    I like to eat pear slices with Paula Deen’s recipe for Sugar and Nut Glazed Brie.

  12. postedOct 31, 2012 9:30 AM
    Denise M

    i liked them grilled best of all

  13. postedOct 31, 2012 9:30 AM

    Looks like an awesome meal, Lori! Harry and David’s pears are amazing, and I love fruit with pork chops – can’t wait to try this!

  14. postedOct 31, 2012 9:33 AM
    Sue Ames

    I love pears just as a hand held fruit and in a fruit salad or home canned.

  15. postedOct 31, 2012 9:33 AM

    I would really like to try their Country Cranberry Relish. It looks great!

  16. postedOct 31, 2012 9:33 AM

    I like a pear tart!

  17. postedOct 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    I’ve liked both on Facebook!

  18. postedOct 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    Just went to the Harry & David website. A lot of new things there since last year. Really impressed with all the chocolate dipped fruits. I’d love to try the chocolate dipped grapes as well as the other goodies like chocolate dipped pears, YUM!

  19. postedOct 31, 2012 9:36 AM

    I’ve followed both on twitter!

  20. postedOct 31, 2012 9:38 AM
    Karla G

    I like pear upside down cake. Yum!

  21. postedOct 31, 2012 9:39 AM

    I have never had a Harry & David pear before and being a breast cancer research supporter, I would love to try the Pink Pear gift box!

  22. postedOct 31, 2012 9:39 AM
    Karla G

    Wouldn’t mind sampling their mistletoe gift basket

  23. postedOct 31, 2012 9:40 AM
    Karla G

    Follow you both on FB (name: Skylar Smith)

  24. postedOct 31, 2012 9:40 AM
    Laura Scott

    What a great flavor combo. You rock!

  25. postedOct 31, 2012 9:42 AM
    Laura Scott

    Already follow Recipe Girl, plus Harry & David.

  26. postedOct 31, 2012 9:44 AM
    Sue Ames

    I went to their website and would like to try the merry mixed-up gift pack. will check it all out closer to the holidays.

  27. postedOct 31, 2012 9:44 AM
    Sandra Ruper

    I love a juicy pear all by itself and I also make pear butter which is a fav of my hubbys and pear upsidedown cake.

  28. postedOct 31, 2012 9:45 AM
    Sandra Ruper

    Also follow RecipeGirl and Harry & David

  29. postedOct 31, 2012 9:46 AM

    I love using pears in salads. Delish!

  30. postedOct 31, 2012 9:47 AM
    Lisa Thomas

    I prefer pears just straight out of hand. Can’t beat H &D fruit, it’s always so good!

  31. postedOct 31, 2012 9:47 AM
    Sandra Ruper

    I will make their Country Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving.

  32. postedOct 31, 2012 9:48 AM
    Lisa Thomas

    I love the Seasonal Fruit Favorites from H & D. Top quality always and oh so yummy!

  33. postedOct 31, 2012 9:49 AM

    I love to just eat pears plain! I also love them in salads 🙂

  34. postedOct 31, 2012 9:52 AM
    Kate W.

    eat ’em! 🙂

  35. postedOct 31, 2012 9:55 AM
    Kate W.

    the chocolate decadence cake looks Amazing!

  36. postedOct 31, 2012 9:55 AM

    I have a serious Girl Crush on Elizabeth Faulkner. I may have to just stand outside Citizen Cake someday wearing an I Heart E.F. Sandwich board.
    So, of course, that means I HAVE to make this recipe 🙂

  37. postedOct 31, 2012 9:56 AM
    Kate W.

    i follow you both on twitter

  38. postedOct 31, 2012 10:04 AM

    I like them poached with red wine.

  39. postedOct 31, 2012 10:06 AM

    I’m already following Recipegirl on FB and am now also following H&D as well.

  40. postedOct 31, 2012 10:07 AM

    I was already following Recipegirl on Twitter and I”m now also following H&D as well.

  41. postedOct 31, 2012 10:12 AM

    I visited the H & D site and now I’m starving. lol
    Their section of savory pot pies were very inspiring, especially the lobster one. I had never thought of that being a good savory pie. Hmm, I am now inspired to try some savory pot pies this weekend in my kitchen (go Fall weather!).

    But the one thing that attracted me the most was their fruit and cheese of the month…I think that would be a really great way to discover cheese and fruit pairings and learn something new while enjoying some delicious treats.

  42. postedOct 31, 2012 10:16 AM

    I love to eat pears sliced on baby lettuce with shaved Parmesan, walnuts and dried cranberrys with raspberry viniagrette!

  43. postedOct 31, 2012 10:18 AM

    I use pears in my go to salad, along with goat cheese and toasted walnuts

  44. postedOct 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    I’d love to try the Moose Munch popcorn from Harry & David

  45. postedOct 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    I made a bummer of a pork chop dish a few weeks ago so I would definitely try this recipe!

  46. postedOct 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    I LOVE H&D’s pepper relish…with cream cheese and crackers…so good!

  47. postedOct 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    I love to bake pears with some cinnamon and honey in the oven. Simple, delicious, and healthy 🙂

  48. postedOct 31, 2012 10:31 AM

    I generally eat them over the sink because they are so juicy it will run down your chin no matter how much noisy slurping you do. I’ve thought about putting them in recipes before, but can’t bear the thought of doing anything but eating them in their plain sweet juicy goodness.

  49. postedOct 31, 2012 10:33 AM

    Put them in quick breads.

  50. postedOct 31, 2012 10:33 AM

    What do you like to do with pears = I blend them up into smoothies

  51. postedOct 31, 2012 10:34 AM

    I love their hot pepper jelly or any of their jams or chutneys or jellies!

  52. postedOct 31, 2012 10:36 AM

    I follow you both on FB

  53. postedOct 31, 2012 10:44 AM

    I love pears, eating them plain, baked, poaches, and one of my faves, in a pear crisp.

  54. postedOct 31, 2012 10:45 AM

    I’ve gone to the HD website and have always wanted to have one of their pear gift boxes. Everything always looks so amazing!

  55. postedOct 31, 2012 10:45 AM

    I now follow you both on Facebook.

  56. postedOct 31, 2012 10:46 AM

    I already follow you on Twitter, but now I follow HD too. 🙂 Fingers crossed for this giveaway!!!!

  57. postedOct 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    and PS, this dish looks absolutely delicious!

  58. postedOct 31, 2012 10:50 AM

    I love to make a pear and cranberry crisp! Yum!

  59. postedOct 31, 2012 10:55 AM

    I just like to eat them.

  60. postedOct 31, 2012 10:56 AM

    I actually just like to eat pears plain.

  61. postedOct 31, 2012 10:58 AM

    I went to the HD website and I would love, love, love to try the Chocolate Decadence Cake!

  62. postedOct 31, 2012 11:01 AM

    I love to eat pears with blue cheese and walnuts, Yum!

  63. postedOct 31, 2012 11:04 AM

    I would love to try the Fruit and Berry Bread. I love any kind of bread like that and this one looks amazing!

  64. postedOct 31, 2012 11:05 AM

    I love to make a pear and cranberry crisp!

  65. postedOct 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    I like to just eat the slices plain!

  66. postedOct 31, 2012 11:11 AM

    I love to make Pear Tart!

  67. postedOct 31, 2012 11:12 AM

    I just love to eat pears like I’m eating an apple. Yummy!

  68. postedOct 31, 2012 11:13 AM

    I liked both Harry and David and Recipegirl on Facebook!

  69. postedOct 31, 2012 11:13 AM

    Tower of Chocolate! Hello!!

  70. postedOct 31, 2012 11:14 AM

    I follow RecipeGirl on FB.

  71. postedOct 31, 2012 11:21 AM

    I love to just eat a plain pear all on its own-have also added fresh chopped pears to my oatmeal!

  72. postedOct 31, 2012 11:26 AM

    I eat plain pears-love them! Have also put them on my oatmeal for breakfast with a little cinnamon!

  73. postedOct 31, 2012 11:33 AM

    They’re one of my favorite fruits so I always just eat them plain. Yum!

  74. postedOct 31, 2012 11:33 AM
    Lisa Tberry

    I like pears in a salad of mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese and candied pecans (traders Joes) with a vinagrette dressing.

  75. postedOct 31, 2012 11:36 AM

    I am a huge fan of pears. I am looking for the perfect minted pear recipe for a friend. I would eat these with cheese and a nice glass of Fiesta’s Skinny Dippin’ (a local winery’s yummy white with a pear finish.) And I might not share!

  76. postedOct 31, 2012 11:38 AM

    It might be “boring” but I like making pear sauce!

  77. postedOct 31, 2012 11:40 AM

    i love pears just by themselves, but a veeeeeeeeeerry close second is with crackers and brie or blue cheese. heaven!

  78. postedOct 31, 2012 11:47 AM

    I’ve never been very creative with cooking with pears, we just like to eat them!

  79. postedOct 31, 2012 11:51 AM
    Libbie Nienstedt

    I love to slice them, toss a little crumbled blue cheese on top and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Makes a perfect dinner with a glass of wine!

  80. postedOct 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    I’d love to have that Pepper and Onion Relish basket. MMM!

  81. postedOct 31, 2012 11:56 AM
    Dina L

    I love to eat them as part of a fruit/cheese plate

  82. postedOct 31, 2012 11:59 AM
    Dina L

    I would love to try the fruit of the month club… in spite of how badly the joked about it on Everyone one loves Raymond show.
    it would be magic to get new kinds of fruit every month!

  83. postedOct 31, 2012 11:59 AM

    Besides just eating them plain, I don’t have too many ideas, maybe make a dessert of some sort?
    I have never cooked with pears or eaten them any other way but plain so I don’t know where to start (besides this awesome looking pork chop recipe!)

  84. postedOct 31, 2012 12:11 PM

    I love Harry & Davids, my mom has been getting gifts for people there for years and I LOVE their their Apple BBQ sauce (which I cant find online) that I tried this summer- heaven 🙂 I would probably try one of their relishes…yum!

  85. postedOct 31, 2012 12:12 PM

    i love a pear crisp. a la mode, if you please. 🙂

  86. postedOct 31, 2012 12:13 PM

    h&d’s peach and berry pie looks amazing!

  87. postedOct 31, 2012 12:13 PM
    Jenna H.

    Harry and David pears are fabulous just to eat out of hand – YUM! Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. postedOct 31, 2012 12:15 PM

    I love to eat pears just by themselves but I would like to bake with them.

  89. postedOct 31, 2012 12:16 PM

    I’d like to try moose munch! 🙂

  90. postedOct 31, 2012 12:16 PM

    I follow you and Harry & David on Twitter!

  91. postedOct 31, 2012 12:35 PM
    Ceri Y

    I love pears in my overnight oats!

  92. postedOct 31, 2012 12:35 PM
    Ceri Y

    I’d love to try Harry & David’s Lobster Pot Pie…m’mm meets m’mm!

  93. postedOct 31, 2012 12:58 PM

    I love to make pear crisp!

  94. postedOct 31, 2012 1:00 PM

    I like to eat my pears plain. Although I’ve seen them on salads and wouldn’t mind trying them on a salad.

  95. postedOct 31, 2012 1:00 PM

    The pears look amazing. I wonder if this would taste just as good using lamb…

  96. postedOct 31, 2012 1:00 PM

    I like both on FB.

  97. postedOct 31, 2012 1:01 PM

    Follow both on Twitter

  98. postedOct 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    i like to eat them just plain

  99. postedOct 31, 2012 1:25 PM

    liked both on fb

  100. postedOct 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    would like to try their pumpkin cheesecake

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