The Other White Meat

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If I relied on James to tell me what he wanted for dinner every night we would oscillate between steak, burgers, and chicken enchiladas verdes – throw in the occasional Indian, Thai, or Sushi delivery and he would be happy! Though this takes away all of the pressure of coming up with new recipes, it also takes all the fun out of cooking.

I love pork chops, but more often than not, they are over cooked and dry. You have to cook them through, but not necessarily to a point of approaching jerky! I mean as a Texan I definitely love my  jerky, but not in pork chop form…

This dish is a really tasty option with a really spectacular rich sauce with NO dairy. It is a pan cooked pork chop with a white wine dijon pan sauce served this time with sweet potato mash and green beans.

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One of our best wedding gifts was a cast iron pan.  I have to say it has been one of the most useful pans and the more you use it, the better everything tastes! Than pan is key to this dish as it retains heat really well and cooks the pork evenly.

For pork chops with white wine dijon sauce you need:

  • 1 inch thick cut pork chops 3-4 total
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper

Season your pork chops with salt and pepper while heating your cast iron pan on medium high with about a teaspoon of olive oil.

Place your pork chops in the pan and cook 5-7 minutes per side.  Each side should brown nicely.

Once your pork chops are cooked, remove them and let them rest on a plate or cutting board.

Meanwhile, if there is too much oil or fat in your pan, soak up some of it in a paper towel or pour it into an empty jar for disposal. You want a small amount of the fat left in the pan along with any fond (cooked bits of pork) for the sauce, but not too much.

Reduce your heat to medium low, and add in your wine, chicken stock, mustard, and fresh herbs and cook down for 2-3 minutes until reduced. Season with salt and pepper.

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Add the pork chops back to the pan of sauce and cook for an additional couple of minutes spooning sauce over the chops during this time.

Finally plate your dish with your sides of choice and enjoy with the wine used in the sauce. It is so important to use a wine that you drink in sauces. Don’t buy cheap cooking wines as these really do affect the flavor. Honestly, do you really need an excuse to buy a nice bottle of white wine?… I didn’t think so!

Buen Provecho!

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