Pork Chops with Mustard-Pickle Pan Sauce

"Pork chops get a kick from mustard and pickles" by Bonnie S. Benwick, The Washington Post. Recipe from Steve Mannino, chef at Rustico: Arlington County, Virginia. Pan juices and additions form a piquant sauce. Serve with pan-fried potato cakes, mashed potatoes or even store-bought hash browns. Recipe published in The Winston-Salem Journal: September 28, 2011.

Yield: 4 servings
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  • 4 bone-in, 1-inch-thick pork chops (9 to 11 ounces each)
  • 2 large pinch(s) kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 2 large dill pickle spears
  • About 6 sprig(s) flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup(s) apple cider
  • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon(s) capers
  • 6 tablespoon(s) no-salt-added chicken broth


  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Heat two medium (9-inch) ovenproof skillets over medium-high heat. Use paper towels to pat the pork chops dry. Season the chops on both sides with a generous pinch or two of salt.
  3. 3. Add a tablespoon of oil to each skillet and swirl to coat the bottoms, then carefully add 2 chops to each skillet, laying them so they land away from you (to redirect the splatter). Cook for 3 minutes, until nicely seared and golden brown on the bottom, then transfer to the oven and cook for about 10 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the side of each chop registers 145 to 150 degrees. Transfer the chops to a plate and cover loosely to keep warm.
  4. 4. While the chops are in the oven, cut the dill pickle spears on the diagonal into 1-inch chunks. Finely chop the parsley to yield 2 tablespoons.
  5. 5. Place one now-empty skillet over medium heat. Carefully add the apple cider to deglaze (it will steam up) and use a wooden spatula to dislodge any browned bits from the skillet, then add the butter and stir until it has melted. Whisk in the mustard and cook for 1 minute, then add the capers and broth. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring once or twice, then add the pickles and cook undisturbed for 1 minute; the sauce should thicken slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley.
  6. 6. Divide the chops among individual plates. Spoon equal amounts of sauce over and/or around each chop. Serve hot.
November 2011

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