Honey Mustard Pork Chops

This has been a wretched spring.

It’s almost the end of May and we are, once again, lighting fires every night.

Two weeks ago I wore shorts while I mowed the lawn and did the initial planting in the potager.

I’m back to long pants and sweatshirts.

For obvious reasons, we have not been doing a lot of outdoor cooking.

We’re still (sigh….) doing winter cooking.

At least is was good…..

Pork chops get fork-tender in no time when gently braised.

I prefer thinner, boneless chops for this spicy/sweet honey mustard sauce.

They cook faily quickly, stay tender,  moist, and the reduced sauce makes it a lovely main course.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Preparation and cooking time:  35 minutes
     

 Ingredients:

  • 2 – 4 boneless pork chops, 12oz (350gr) total weight
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs sherry vinegar or cider vinegar

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

 Instructions:

  • Chop onion.
  • Heat oil in nonstick skillet.  Add onions and sauté until tender.
  • Move onions to the side and add pork chops.  Brown on both sides, about 10 minutes total. 
  • Add remaining ingredients, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. 
  • Increase heat to medium-high.  Uncover, remove pork and keep warm. 
  • Stir sauce well and boil until it reduces by half, about 5 minutes. 
  • Spoon over pork and serve.

Despite the gray, wet weather I did manage to finish planting the potager Saturday.

Of course, I finished the last two rows getting soaked in a thunderstorm.  The forecast was for two more days of rain followed by 3 days of sunshine.  I wanted to get the seeds in before the rain…. It would be too muddy afterwards to plant for two or three days, delaying the planting by a week.

Garden

Notice all the rocks that crop up after every rain….. As well as broken roof tiles, pieces of concrete, broken crockery, rusty tools….. I feel like an archaeologist.

Since the weather is cold and wet, mon mari is working inside, dismantling the fireplace.

Apparently, it was a very smoky fireplace as there were bits added on the sides and top.  The original fireplace is very shallow, as you can see outlined in red.

Fireplace1

You can see how much they built it out in the photo below.

Fireplace2
As the chimney doesn’t go all the way to the top we’re not planning on making it a usuable fireplace – decorative only.  It appears that it was just cut out of the wall stones, like the fireplace in the kitchen.  They’ll need a bit of cleaning.

Garden_gate

And the fence is, for the most part, finished.  This is the last spot – where Bonnie got out twice last week.  We hope this will solve that problem.

We still need new gates.

And some finishing bits.

As soon as the sun shines again.

10 thoughts on “Honey Mustard Pork Chops”

  1. You have my sympathy. Spring seemed to come early this year with crazy warm temperatures in March and early April, only to have April be cold and rainy and then even colder. Even May seems to be struggling along. We had this beautiful warm weekend that became another wet cold day today.
    No matter to me for cooking. I can’t cook outside – apartment dweller. 🙂 I’d try this recipe any time of year though. I love any way you can cook a pork chop.

  2. Katie – love the pork chops – so yummy! We are having the same dreadful spring! I am waiting for the rain to stop, so I can get out there with seeds and seedlings – not gonna happen any time too soon by the looks of things!

  3. I planted my few green bean seeds today and hope it will be warm enough at night for them to germinate. While I admire the heck out of your potager, I quail at the thought of all that weeding. My gopher got my zucchini plant, so I’ll try another in a different location. I’m trying to “live and let live,” but he’s testing my patience. I hope the rain lets up soon and the fence keeps your puppies in. No wonder the fireplace smoked – it wasn’t nearly deep enough! Good idea to use it decoratively. I have seen pillar candles of varying heights in such a fireplace and they look lovely when lighted and give the idea of a fireplace without all the mess.

  4. I haven’t had a good spring either, so cool and rainy! At least you have these yummy pork chops to make you happy!

  5. Rachel, this has been a bad one – but there’s hope in the forecast.
    Pam, can’t be soon enough!
    Tanna, it’s common to have shallow fireplaces cut out of the walls here – don’t know why they don’t all smoke LOL
    Veronica, thanks – I a big fan of mustard… and honey.
    Ina, it’s hard to plant seeds in the mud LOL – although I did on Saturday…
    Zoomie, I don’t weed – I hoe… that’s usually enough…. takes about 2 hours per week. Love the idea of the pillar candles!
    manningroad, I surely hope so – then it will probably come with a vengeance!
    Mary Ellen, we’ll hope for a good summer!
    Christine – thanks….

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