I had a BUSY day today. I spent the better part of my afternoon on my keester at the endocrinologist’s office. Boy howdy was that fun… or NOT. By the time I got home, the last thing I wanted to think about was cooking dinner. I grabbed some pork chops from the freezer and did a quick thaw on them and found this great recipe for Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce. I adapted it slightly to match what we had on hand in the house. This was a <30 minute meal and the entire family (2 year old included) loved it! I served egg noodles and green beans – perfect for a quick weeknight family dinner.
One quick note – if you’re like me, when you finish making the sauce you’ll think, “No way. NO WAY. Not enough sauce!!” but I am here to tell you that it’s plenty! The sauce is tangy and rich and a little bit goes a long way!!
Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine
Yield: 4 servings
4 (3/4″ thick) boneless pork chops
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2) Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Pat pork dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add oil to hot skillet, swirling to coat, then brown chops, turning over once – about 8 minutes total.
3) Transfer chops to a shallow baking pan, reserving skillet, and bake (uncovered), until cooked through – about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and loosely cover with foil. Let stand 5 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, pour off any remaining fat from the skillet and then add butter. Over medium heat, cook onions and garlic in the melted butter, stirring, until softened (3 to 5 minutes).
5) Add broth and any juices from the baking pan and boil, scraping up any brown bits (2 minutes). Add mustard and cream and return to a boil, then add lemon juice and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve pork chops with sauce spooned over top.