Pork Chops with Mushroom Pan Sauce; the only ‘resolution’ you need

I’ve been sitting, staring at my monitor, resisting the urge to play Spider, for the last 20 minutes.

The words have all left.

They do that sometimes.

Maybe it’s the grey day.

Maybe it’s the after Christmas let-down

Maybe it’s the thought of 2 more months of grey, wet days, muddy paws, and hauling firewood.

In the days leading up to Christmas, lighting candles and sitting in front of the fire in the early evening seems cozy and romantic.

After Christmas it’s too much effort to light the candles, the fire is a necessity and the early darkness merely something to be endured.

Maybe we should move the holidays closer to the end of winter rather than the beginning.

Sh*t!

Just as I was really getting into my negative, bad, pissy mood… I glance out the window and see a spectacular sunset.

I was just starting to wallow… Now I’m starting to smile.

So…. Here’s the recipe – I’m taking the dogs for a quick walk to enjoy the sunset.

I feel better already.

Must remember to look for the beauty in every day.

Make that your New Year’s Resolution…. all the other stuff will fall into place!

Braised pork chops, with a simple pan sauce of mushrooms, onions and chili powder.

Pork Chops with Mushrooms

Pork Chops with Mushroom Pan Sauce

2 – 4 pork chops, depending on size, 12oz (350gr) total weight
4oz (120gr) mushrooms
1/2 red onion
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) beef stock
1 tbs tomato paste

Clean mushrooms, slice thickly. Roughly chop onion.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add pork chops and brown, about 5 minutes per side. Remove.
Reduce heat to medium. Add chili powder and sauté briefly, about 30 seconds. Add onions and sauté 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add stock and deglaze pan, stirring up any browned bits. Add vinegar, tomato paste and stir well. Return chops to pan, cover, reduce heat and simmer until chops are cooked through and tender, about 15 minutes longer. Uncover and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened. Serve.

In addition to this, for the week of January 7 we have Baked Balsamic Salmon, Coq au Vin, Split Pea Soup, Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Barley Winter Pilaf….

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10 thoughts on “Pork Chops with Mushroom Pan Sauce; the only ‘resolution’ you need”

  1. There’s nothing as beautiful here as winter sunsets. Spectacular with clouds that we don’t see in summer. I like your resolution – that’s one to live by!

  2. I know only too well how you’re feeling … but am happy that the smile is now well on its way! It’s uncommonly wet here so we have the same paw problem – now added to with the arrival of my new puppy!! This recipe looks so good I can almost smell it. Another to get my husband to cook up for me – thanks! Gee x

  3. I’m always looking for reasons to make this dark time of year brighter. Food is one of them. Pork chops are like chicken – so versatile. Love the carmel-y colors.

  4. The winter blues usually hit me in February, and March is often a terrible month weather-wise here too…for that matter, it was still snowing here in May and early June last year! I hope that won’t happen again.

  5. It was foggy, cold and dreary here in the Sonoma Valley yesterday so we drove to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and took a hike. As we climbed, we climbed into sunshine. We picnicked on our favorite rock and then had a little nap in the winter sun. It made up for all the rainy days.
    I’m going to buy pork chops when I go shopping today, and try the recipe.

  6. Zoomie, our winter sunsets are just harder to see – the summer sunsets are right out the kitchen window. The effort is worth it.
    Ina, I know – sometimes it’s just hard to make the effort ;-))
    Peter, you are good!!!! – they were ;-))
    manningroad, thank God our floor matches the mud….
    Gee Backhouse, a puppy! How nice! And what a pain for a few months hahaha! Spring will be here soon.
    Mimi, they are versatile, aren’t they. I think I hate the dark mornings the most – sun is not up here until 8:30….
    Thanks, Elizabeth…. Good food can always cheer me up!
    Betty, March is usually pretty good here, warm enough to get back outside and deceptive enough to think about the garden. May was the worst month when we lived in Andorra – solid rain for 4 weeks, every year.
    Kerry, I used to love doing that when we lived in Andorra. Or, we could drive down the mountains to Spain and it would be beautiful and warm. Here – no getting away from it…. Just endure 😉

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