Boneless PORK CHOPS DIJON w/ORANGE

Table of Content: PORK

 

1 1/4 lb. boneless pork chops

Freshly ground black pepper

4 large carrots, peeled & cut into 1/2” chunks

1/3 cup water

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 large mild onion, thinly sliced into rings

1 T. whole seed Dijon mustard (whole seed is essential)

½ cup fresh orange juice

Choice of hot white, yellow, or brown rice

 

 

 

 

Using the heel of the hand, press each pork chop to slightly flatten.  Evenly sprinkle salt and pepper on each side, and set aside.

 

Place the carrot chunks and the water into a microwave container with a vented lid.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes; then stir and microwave another 3 minutes or until carrots are just tender.

 

Heat a large non-stick skillet with the olive oil on high until hot, but not smoking.  Add the pork chops in a single layer and add the onion ring slices around the outside of the tenderloin slices (more than one cooking session may be needed, depending on the skillet size).  Lower heat to medium-high, and cook until pork chops are browned on one side, about 4 minutes; then turn to brown on the other side for about 4 to 5 minutes. Pork chops should be just barely pink inside; then remove chops to a warm plate, leaving the onions in the skillet.

 

Lower heat to simmer; then stir into the onions in the skillet, the mustard, orange juice, and cooked carrots.  Cook, while gently stirring, for 1 minute; then add the pork chops.  Gently stir and simmer to allow all ingredients to cook together for another 2 minutes.  Serve over hot rice.  Serves 4.

This breathtaking, wild mountainous region of northern Italy serves many pork dishes since it was once a part of Austria.  The scenery is reminiscent of our state of Colorado with huge, lovely evergreen trees, water rushing over boulders in small rivers, magnificent, high mountains with “pointy” peaks, and lots of thunderous waterfalls spilling into the rivers.  It is not too hard to pick-up on the fact that Italy and Colorado are two of my favorite places.  The two photos below are in Italy in the Gran Paradiso Park.

 

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