Pecan-Crusted Pork with Pumpkin Butter


This is one of my favorite ways to eat pork. Pork chops are crusted in pecans and breadcrumbs, then topped with a delicious homemade pumpkin butter. (You can always use store bought pumpkin butter if you can find it but homemade is always better).

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 pork chops


  • 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • ¾ cup apple juice

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup pecans

  • ¾ cup bread crumbs

  • 4 (1/2 inch thick) boneless pork chops

  • ¼ cup oil for frying


  1. Whisk together pumpkin puree, apple juice, sugar, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon in a saucepan until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the mixture has reached the consistency of applesauce. About 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, pulse pecans and bread crumbs in a food processor until the pecans are finely chopped. Pour into a shallow dish, and press pork chops into the mixture to coat.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add breaded pork chops and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve the pork chops with a dollop of pumpkin butter.

Cook's Note

If desired, reduce the sweetness of the pumpkin butter by using just ¼ cup of apple juice mixed with ½ cup water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

683 Calories
33g Fat
71g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 683
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 436mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 837mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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