Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce

If using bone-in chops, score the fat that surrounds the chops (make vertical cuts through the fat, without cutting into the meat), so that the chops don't warp in shape as they cook.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 center-cut rib or loin pork chops, boneless or bone-in (whatever you prefer), about 1 1/4 inch thick
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots or minced onions
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock*
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (optional)

*If cooking gluten-free, use homemade chicken stock or gluten-free packaged stock.

Method

1 Sear the pork chops: Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over them. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in the butter.

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As soon as the butter has melted, add the pork chops to the pan and sear them, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Reduce the heat slightly if the chops brown too quickly.

2 Sauté onions or shallots, deglaze the pan with wine: Remove the pork chops from the pan and pour off most of the fat. Add the shallots and cook them on med high heat until softened, about 1 minute.

Add 1/2 cup of the wine and bring to a boil, deglazing the pan by scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

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3 Add stock, return chops to pan, cover and cook: Stir in the stock and return chops to the pan. Bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook until chops are cooked through (145°F internal temp), about 10 to 15 minutes.

4 Remove chops, add remaining wine, reduce: Remove the pork chops to a warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Add the remaining half cup of wine. Increase the heat to high to boil the pan juices. Reduce the juices by half, about 3 minutes.

5 Add cream, reduce, whisk in mustard and parsley: Add the heavy cream and boil 3 minutes more, until sauce reduces and thickens, and scraping the pan with a wooden spoon leaves a trail.

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Remove from the heat and whisk in the mustard and parsley. If you want, add more mustard to taste. Place chops on a bed of sauce and serve.