pork chops

cÔtes de porc sauce tomate

If you want a pork chops recipe that gives you something extra special - this is it! It is easy to make and is a dish that is good enough for a special occasion because of the beautiful creamy sauce that accompanies it.

Pork is widely used all over France and is made into endless pork sausages and other meats which are all so good. But for this recipe we are using small but good quality pork chops which you can purchase from your butcher or supermarket as they will give good results.

The sauce is made from fresh tomatoes, wine or stock such as chicken or vegetable and a little tomato paste and Dijon mustard. Of course, the final ingredient is cream so if you are on a diet, choose this recipe for a special occasion or just have a small amount – if you can – I tend to pour too much over the chops as it is so delicious. 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 Loin chops
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper

For the sauce

  • 4 tablespoons white wine or chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped (pour boiling water over the tomato for a few minutes and it will peel easily)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


Method

  • Trim pork chops (too much fat is not good for you)
  • Melt the butter and oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan until hot.
  • Place chops into the hot oil, season with salt and pepper and reduce heat a little so they do not burn.
  • Cook until brown (a few minutes) and turn them.
  • Cook again until brown then remove from pan and keep warm.
  • Pour out fat from pan.
  • Add the wine or stock along with the thyme and bring to the boil.
  • Cook until it has almost evaporated.
  • Add the chopped tomato paste and the cream, stirring continuously.
  • Now place the pork chops back into the pan and continue to cook for a further five minutes over a low heat.
  • Finally add the mustard, the herbs and chopped tomatoes stirring to incorporate them into the sauce.

Your pork chops recipe is now ready to serve with your favourite side dish.

One of the tastiest side dishes for this is a straw potato nest or you can serve it with creamy mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, noodles or pasta.

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