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Scott's Easy Skillet Pork Chop Dinner with Lemon-Mustard Sauce

Yesterday, I picked up some boneless pork chops from Trader Joe's - each about 3/4 of an inch thick. These chops are perfect for a quick (25 minutes or so) meals when cooked in a skilled on the stove. They're also low fat!

This technique involves first searing the pork chops on high heat for 2 minutes/side to get a nice flavor on the outside - and then slowing down the cooking with some liquid that helps keep them moist and flavorful on the inside. The mustard and lemon juice used for the finishing sauce adds a very nice sweet/sour taste to the chops - they're delicious.

Here's my recipe - modified from Mark Bittman's recipe.

  • An hour or two before I cook the the chops - or at the last minute if I forgot (!), I first coat them liberally on both sides with my favorite pork seasoning rub - Penzey's Galena Street. This rub is an absolute must have for grilling thick pork chops on the Weber BBQ - and its equally good for these pan-fried chops. Trust me, Penzey's Galena Street Rub is just the best for pork chops!
  • Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil on medium-high heat in the skillet until it's shimmering. Add the chops to the skillet and turn the heat up to high. Cook on high for 2 minutes per side.
  • Add 1/2 cup white wine, 1 Tbsp minced garlic and 1 Tbsp minced shallots (we love both of these from Penzey's - we're fortunate to have a local Penzey's outlet here in Menlo Park!). Turn the heat down to low and cover the pan. Set a timer for 10 minutes. While you're waiting, you can toss a quick salad or sauté some fresh veggies to accompany the chops.
  • When the timer is up, check the chops for doneness - firm to the touch - and, if done, remove them to a platter. You should still have some liquid left in the pan - if not add a touch of water. Then add 1 Tbsp lemon juice plus 2 Tbsp coarse mustard. Reduce this a bit over medium-high heat and then pour a bit over the chops. Put the rest into a small bowl or pitcher to accompany the chops to the dinner table. You'll want to add more of the sauce to the chops - and maybe the veggies - during the meal!

That's it - about 25 minutes start to finish - not counting the 5 minutes it takes to rub the chops in advance. Hope you enjoy!

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