Luscious Pork Chops

If you’re on a diet, read no further. Squeeze your eyes tight shut, grope blindly for the off button and visit the fridge to feast on a nice plate of mixed salad leaves (no dressing).

If on the other hand you’re in the mood for a rich and wintery dish of chops with wine and cheese, peppercorns, sage and mustard, you’ve come to the right place.

Image of chops served with boiled potatoes and leeks

I’m a big fan of Simon Hopkinson and religiously buy his cookery books as they are published. His is the sort of food I really want to cook at home; wonderfully appetising, not off-puttingly cheffy but with still written with meticulous attention to detail and often with a clever twist I wouldn’t have thought of myself.

The only time he’s ever made me howl in disagreement was when he suggested putting vinegar in the cooking water for poached eggs –  a personal bugbear.

But he gets no argument from me over this recipe, which is from his book The Good Cook. I was cooking for two so I halved the quantities given below for the topping. I also substituted a mixture of Parmesan and Cheddar for the Gruyere because that’s what I had to hand.

Luscious Pork Chops

Ingredients:

Image of the ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 thick pork chops, rind removed

200 ml dry white wine

75 g grated Gruyere or Emmenthal cheese

1 level tbsp drained, rinsed and lightly crushed green peppercorns (from a jar or tin)

125 ml double cream

1 heaped tspn Dijon mustard

About 10 sage leaves, torn into pieces

Method:

Preheat the grill.

Image of chops frying

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottom frying pan. Season the chops and fry on both sides until golden. 

Pour off any excess oil, turn the heat down a bit and pour in the wine.

Let it bubble up then reduce the heat to low, cooking for about 10 minutes until the wine has reduced by half, turning the chops halfway through.

While the chops are cooking, mix together the cheese, peppercorns, cream, mustard and sage leaves. Spread on the cooked chops and put the pan under the grill until the topping is bubbling and golden.

Image of chops with after going under the grill

Put the chops on a hot serving dish then place the pan back on the heat. Whisk any of the topping that’s slipped off the chops into the sauce. Pour it around the chops and serve with plain boiled potatoes.

Image of chops cooked and served with sauce

With the extra pop and pep of the mustard and green peppercorns this definitely qualifies as a winter warmer, so I’m entering it for the January Cheese, Please! Challenge run by top blogger Fromage Homage …

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5 thoughts on “Luscious Pork Chops

  1. Oooh, I say! I never really think of pork and cheese as chums but this looks very nice with the peppercorns…and wine…and cream. We stopped eating pork for ages because we shopped in supermarkets and it was always so meh but now we have a nice farmers’ market, I must check out his chops 🙂

    • I swear you’re going to have to pay my Weightwatchers membership – I was looking for recipes involving cheese. Otherwise I probably would never have cooked this, which would have been a great shame, as it’s absolutely scrumptious. Well worth a trip to the farmers’ market 😉

  2. Pingback: January’s Cheese, Please! Challenge Round-up – Comfort Food and Winter Warmers | Fromage Homage

    • Thanks Corina. I can’t tell you how good they are! I think it’s the green peppercorns that really lift the dish. (I wasn’t on a diet but I may have to bite the bullet soon …)

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