Vegetable shortening, for frying
8 pork chops, bone-in, 1/2-inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning, plus 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
Chunky Pear Chutney, recipe follows
2 tablespoons butter
3 Bartlett pears, peeled and cored, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, minced
1/2 tablespoon pink peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
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