Pork Chops with a Mustard Cider Cream Sauce

by Michelle on October 29, 2009

I do not know what has gotten into me but I can’t seem to eat enough apples this year. I’ve been buying apples every few days and before I know it all the apples are gone! So when I found Nigella’s recipe for Mustard Pork Chops and it had Apple Cider as an ingredient, I had to make it for this week’s I heart Cooking Clubs! And I certainly was not disappointed, Mustard Pork Chops is an outstanding dish!

Although Nigella suggesting serving it with gnocchi I did not have any gnocchi on hand and I was too tired to make it. So I served the Mustard Pork Chops with roasted potatoes and it was delicious…but next time I’m making gnocchi.

I did infuse the oil with garlic by lightly sautéing whole garlic cloves in EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) until golden brown and then mashing the cloves and returning the mashed garlic to the pan. I also did not have any hard cider but found a wonderful Alcohol Substitution Chart which suggested using apple cider or juice. The Pork Chops and Sauce went together in minutes and I’m including this recipe in my “Call-it-Dinner” category for all my quick and delicious meals.

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Mustard Pork Chops
Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson

2 pork chops, about 1-pound total weight
2 teaspoons infused oil (I used Garlic Infused EVOO)
1/2 cup hard cider (I subbed Apple Cider)
1 tablespoon grain mustard
1/3 cup heavy cream

Cut the fat or rind off the chops, and then bash them briefly but brutally with a rolling pin between 2 pieces of cling film/plastic wrap to make them thinner.

Heat the oil in a pan, and then cook the chops over a moderately-high heat for about 5 minutes a side. Remove them to a warmed plate.

Pour the cider into the pan, still over the heat, to deglaze the pan. Let it bubble away for a minute or so then add the mustard and stir in the cream.

Let the sauce continue cooking for a few minutes before pouring over each plated pork chop. If you’re having gnocchi with, make sure you turn them in the pan to absorb any spare juices before adding them to your plate.

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  • Brian the old man October 29, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Yummy! I wish I had read this before I cooked dinner tonight. I made the pork chops and potatoes with green beans but this sauce sounds delicious. I’s give it a try next time I fix them, maybe next week. Hope you have a nice day.

  • The Quintessential Magpie October 29, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Gosh, Michelle, this sounds wonderful. If I bring my own fork, knife, and plate, may I come share this with you???

    Speaking of sharing, I have been on a roll and have this really neat project I’ve been doing with burlap. Would love for you to come check it out. I am so psyched over it. :-)

  • Cass @ That Old House October 29, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Looks great. And one of those real Fall-type main dishes; all it needs is MORE APPLES!
    Cass
    PS I think apples are especially delicious this year.

  • Kat October 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    That photo makes me hungry. Sounds like a great way to have pork chops.

  • Lori E October 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I rarely eat apples but like them in cooking. Apple cider is such a great ingredient for drinks and meals.
    Those are some mighty nice looking roasted potatoes.

  • Kathleen October 30, 2009 at 2:35 am

    That looks wonderful..Def trying that sauce…
    Thanks!

  • Mimi October 30, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Michelle, those pork chops sure look delicious. I am always on the lookout for new pork recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  • Natasha October 30, 2009 at 3:09 am

    I have a bottle of Apple cider here at home but never quite knew what to do with it…until now! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!
    Best wishes, NM.

  • ButterYum October 30, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Interesting sauce… I just might have to give it a try soon.

    :)
    ButterYum

  • Mrs. P. October 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I make a cider sauce that is very similar. Very yummy.

    Blessings!
    Gail

  • Mary October 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    What a wonderful quick meal. When Nigella is good she is very, very good. This one looks like a bulls-eye.

  • SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} October 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    that looks great! I’m always on the lookout for new pork recipes.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen October 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I just bought a semi-boneless pork roast so I think I’ll try to sauce with that!

  • Kayte October 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    These look really great, and really easy! Guys here love pork chops, mustard, cider, and cream, so thinking this one is going on the menu this weekend. Thanks!

  • heartnsoulcooking October 31, 2009 at 1:43 am

    What a GREAT!!! meal. I love your recipe for the sauce.
    Geri

  • Danielle October 31, 2009 at 3:39 am

    ooooh….does that look delish!! I’ve never cooked with apple cider but of course it would be great for a pork chop sauce (bobby from the brady bunch keeps coming to mind…pork chops and apple sauce)..ok, its been a long day. :)

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies November 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    This is such a fabulous dish. So delicious. I love the pairing with crunchy roasted potatoes. Perfect fall fare.

  • Kim November 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    This looks so wonderful Michelle. I’m glad you mentioned apple cider in place of hard cider.
    I am going to be trying both these pork chops and Tyler’s apple cider chicken very soon. A wonderful fall menu

  • Rosabela November 5, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wow … your dish looks sooooo yummy! Your photo is making me hungry. Just beautiful. You have a cool blog. :-)

    I just joined IHCC and love Nigella’s recipes. I also love the flexibility of choosing a recipe each week.

    Looking forward to reading future posts. :-)

  • girlichef November 6, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    This sounds awesome…and I’m thinking I may have to give it a try…I’m totally in love with apples, as is my whole house, so I’m thinking we’d love this!! But I may have to look for hard cider…cuz I love that stuff, but haven’t had it in quite a while! YUM 😀

  • Debinhawaii November 7, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I love apples and fresh apple cider. This looks amazing–perfect for fall.

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