Place the chops in a wide dish. Sprinkle over the oil, garlic, sage, fennel seeds and 2 tbsp of the balsamic vinegar. Turn to coat evenly, then cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Combine the potatoes, parsnips and onions in a large roasting tin. Add the pork chops with their marinade and turn the vegetables to coat evenly. Spread out the vegetables in a single layer, with the chops on top. Season to taste. Roast for about 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender and golden.
Core the pear and cut into 8 slices. Toss in the remaining balsamic vinegar and the maple syrup. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and arrange the pear slices over the chops, spooning over the syrup mixture.
Return to the oven and roast for a further 10–12 minutes until the pears are tender. Serve the pork chops topped with the pear slices and juices, with the roasted vegetables alongside and fresh sage leaves scattered over.
wasnt mad about this recipe. the cooking time isnt long enough for the vegetables. i kept having to put it back in because the potatoes were raw, even tho i cut them into very small chunks. i would par boil them first. I found the sage very overpowering in this, i couldnt really taste anything else. On the plus side the pears with the maple glaze were delicious. i will definitely be using that element on a few other things. - 05 Nov 2010