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Boneless Pork Chops with Mushrooms & Thyme

August/September 2005, EatingWell Serves Two, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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Although this supper is made to serve two, you can double or triple the recipe so it becomes a family meal that's big on taste but still very healthy. If you'd rather not use vermouth, substitute unsweetened apple juice.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I had no fresh thyme so substituted ground dried thyme. Even without the lovely flavor and smell of fresh thyme, this was heavenly. Very simple, meat tender, and sauce sublime. Served with coucous and asparagus this was a special meal...
Boneless Pork Chops with Mushrooms & Thyme Recipe

Makes: 2 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 5-ounce boneless, center-cut pork loin chops, trimmed and pounded to 1/4 inch thick (see Tip)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms, (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

Preparation

  1. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add the pork chops and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to 2 serving plates; tent with foil to keep warm.
  2. Swirl oil into the pan, add shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and begin to brown, about 2 minutes. Add vermouth and cook for 15 seconds. Stir in mustard, thyme and any juices that have accumulated from the pork; cook until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, 1 to 2 minutes more. Spoon the sauce over the pork chops and serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To pound the chops flat, place them between two sheets of plastic wrap on a stable surface. Pound steadily with the smooth side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a heavy saucepan until 1/4 inch thick.

Nutrition

Per serving: 298 calories; 13 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 77 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 1 g fiber; 382 mg sodium; 526 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (71% daily value); Potassium (17% dv), Zinc (17% dv).

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 4 medium-fat meat


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