Thursday, July 19, 2012

Easy Baked Pork Chops with White Wine–Mustard Sauce

Pork is definitely our other white meat. We eat a lot of pork whether it is a tenderloin or boneless or bone in pork chops to mix up our chicken meals. I try to buy meat when it's on sale and store in the freezer for when I come across a recipe such as this one. By doing so, it allows me to not have to go to the store, but pull the meat from the freezer and we have the rest of the few ingredients already in the house. This is a really flavorful sauce, especially the Dijon mustard, one of my favorites. Be very careful and sure to use a pot holder/oven mit when handling the pan! I have made that mistake before and burned my hand, extremely painful.

Baked Pork Chops with White Wine–Mustard Sauce
Serves: 2

2 (1-inch-thick) bone-in pork loin chops
1 teaspoon olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and at room temperature
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and rub them all over with the oil. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.

Heat a large oven-safe frying pan over medium-high heat until several drops of water sprinkled into the pan skitter around and converge into one big drop or the pan is smoking, about 3 to 4 minutes. Place the chops in the pan and cook undisturbed until they’re golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes.

Flip the chops over and immediately place the pan in the oven. Bake until the chops are golden brown on the second side and the temperature registers 145°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of each chop, about 7 to 10 minutes.

Using a kitchen towel or potholder, take the pan out of the oven and return it to the stovetop. Transfer the chops to a plate and tent them loosely with foil; set aside.

Using the kitchen towel or potholder to grasp the handle of the pan (be careful not to touch the handle with your bare hands for the remainder of the cooking time), pour off and discard any fat. Add the wine, place the pan over medium-high heat, and cook, scraping up any browned bits that have accumulated in the bottom of the pan, until the wine is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Whisk in the butter 1 piece at a time, letting each melt before adding the next, until all of the butter has been added and the sauce has thickened. Whisk in the parsley and mustard. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Place 1 pork chop on each plate, top with sauce, and serve immediately with vegetable of choice

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