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Recipe of the Month

Pork chops with maple-caramelized onions

(courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

4 pork chops (5 oz. / 150 g)
1 cup (250 mL) Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
1/2 cup (125 mL) white wine or cider
1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup
ground salt and pepper to taste


In a saucepan, caramelize the onions in the oil and butter over medium heat. Deglaze with the wine or cider, and reduce by half. Add the syrup and season to taste. Continue cooking until mixture thickens. Grill the pork chops and serve garnished with the maple-caramelized onions.

Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Information per Serving: 303 Calories; 14 g fat; 8 g protein; 32 g carbohydrate

Food Safety Tip: Colour code your cutting boards - one for raw meat, poultry and seafood and the other board for washed produce and ready-to-eat foods. Replace cutting board or sand cutting boards when they become grooved and worn.

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Canada produces about 85 per cent of the world's maple syrup. Marketing has evolved over the years, with a shift from traditional markets to more value-added ones such as those for blends with other products (cereals, yogurt, etc.).

There are more than 10,300 maple syrup producers in Canada, operating over 33,680,000 taps. They are found mostly in Quebec, with the rest in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The main syrup-producing trees are sugar maples, red maples and silver maples. During the maple sugaring season, an average tree yields 35 L to 50 L of sap, which will produce between 1 L and 1.5 L of maple syrup. On average, 40 L of sap are required to make 1 L of syrup.

Canadian Swine Exporters Association
Carie Dusick Executive Director
Tel: 519-421-0997 - email: - 408 Dundas Street Suite #2, Woodstock, Ontario N4S 1B9