Honey Mustard Pork Chops Recipe
People love pork chops. However, it can become a boring dish if you keep on serving it the same way. Adding a rich, sweet and sour, and creamy sauce can make your pork chop eating experience more pleasurable. And what better way to enhance the flavor of this meat than with a honey mustard sauce?
Mustards and Marinades
Before we share with you two easy-to-make honey mustard pork chop recipes, let us first understand why we need to use mustard.
This is a condiment that is perfect for adding a different kind of flavor to many foods and dishes. Some people like it on their hotdogs, while others make dipping sauces out of them. What many do not realize is that this condiment does a lot more than enhancing the flavor of the dish. It serves as a natural meat tenderizer. It makes the meat a lot easier and faster to cook without turning it into a rubbery mess.
It is for this reason that a mustard marinade for pork chops is essential. One can never be too sure about the “tenderness” of the meat. Mustard can help break down the muscle fibers and the collagen of the meat. This also allows the other ingredients of the marinade to infuse well into the flesh.
There is another reason why you need mustard in any meat recipe. It leaves a very thin coating on the surface of the meat. When you sear it, the different molecules of the mustard sauce react to the heat. It gives your meat a beautiful crust. This is what we all want in our pork chops. We do not want it to look anemic as if it was boiled and not broiled.
A Saucy Honey Mustard Pork Chops Recipe
The very first honey pork chops recipe we will share with you is creamy, rich, and very saucy. We cannot blame you if you will be scooping more of the sauce than digging right into the meat itself. It has that classic meaty taste, while also imparting the richness of the heavy cream. There is also a hint of white wine that should complement your favorite wine pairing.
- 1 and ½ pounds of pork chops, boneless, about half an inch thick
- ½ cup of white wine
- ½ cup of heavy cream
- ¼ cup of honey
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons of Dijon or prepared yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter
- ½ and ¼ teaspoons of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
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- Mix the salt and pepper with ½ teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix very well. Sprinkle this mixture over the meat. Make sure that each side gets coated with the garlic mixture.
- Sear the meat in a skillet and over medium heat. Do not let the meat turn black. You only want it to have that nice golden-brown crust. Remove the meat and put it on a plate. Cover it to keep it warm.
- Remove the skillet from the stove. Pour the white wine into the skillet. Stir to help loosen the browned garlic and meat bits from the skillet.
- Return the skillet to the stove. Turn the heat to medium-high. Bring it to a boil and reduce the liquid by about half its original volume. Lower the heat of the stove to medium.
- Add the ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder, chicken broth, honey, and mustard. Stir and cook the mixture for about a minute. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Make sure to keep on stirring to prevent the mixture from settling at the bottom. Five to 6 minutes is enough time to thicken the sauce.
- Put the meat into the sauce. Pour also the juices that may have drained from the meat. Cover the skillet and cook the meat for an additional 5 minutes. You need a meat internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Turn off the heat and remove the skillet from the stove. Leave it for 5 minutes then serve.
Baked Honey Mustard Pork Chops
The second recipe we are going to share with you is a classic. It starts with the preparation of the honey mustard sauce for pork chops. You get to pan-fry the chops, bake them with the sauce, and finish them up broiled. It is also very easy to make, although you will not have the pleasure of enjoying a creamy sauce.
- 2 pounds of 1-inch thick pork chops
- 1/3 cup of mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
- Freshly-ground black pepper
- Start by combining the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, honey, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and a little amount of black pepper. Make sure to mix the ingredients very well. This will serve as a basting sauce for your honey baked pork chops recipe.
- Turn on your oven and set it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pat the meat slices dry using paper towels. Season the meat slices with salt and pepper.
- Place a large skillet over the stove and turn on the heat to medium-high. Add the vegetable oil and wait for it to heat up.
- Pan-fry two meat slices at a time to maintain the ideal temperature. Brown each side. This should take at least 3 minutes for each side.
- Coat a casserole dish with a good-quality nonstick spray. Arrange the browned meat slices in the casserole dish. Brush the surface of the meat with the prepared honey mustard sauce.
- Bake the meat for 30 minutes.
- Remove the casserole dish. Set the convection oven to broil. Adjust the height of the oven rack so that the broiling element will be about 6 inches from the surface of the meat.
- Return the casserole to the oven and broil for about 3 to 5 minutes. Watch the surface of the meat to turn golden brown. You can also notice it to become bubbly. This is a sign that the meat is ready.
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It is easy to turn your boring pork chop dinner into a Michelin Star-worthy dish. Adding a honey mustard sauce to your meat can give you a very different dining experience.