I’m proud to say that since mid-December, I’ve lost a total of nine pounds. I’ve been very mindful of each and every item I’m putting into my mouth, and I’ve drastically cut back on my intake of white flour and white sugar products.
Luckily for me, I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth so cutting back of sugary treats hasn’t really been a problem. However, the cutting back of white flour products like bread and bagels isn’t quite as easy.
I do, however, love a hearty portion of protein with some ooey, gooey cheese. Enter, stage left, French Onion Pork Chops and take your much-deserved bow!
What IS easy for me to do when rearranging my lifestyle in order to lose weight and get fit, is increase my protein intake. I tend to crave protein in all sorts of ways.
Eggs are one of my favorite forms of protein as is turkey, chicken, and pork. Beef is nice too, but it’s not something I gravitate towards (unlike my husband who could live on beef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). That said, whenever I make these French Onion Pork Chops for dinner, everyone comes running!
I also happen to be a vegetable freak, and always have been. When I was growing up I was the one who took the spoon to the vegetable bowl to eat what remained after everyone else had eaten their share. So, for me doubling up the veggies on my plate in order to replace the potatoes and starches hasn’t proven to be much of a problem….yet. Check back with me in a few weeks and see how I’m doing. LOL
This recipe of French Onion Pork Chops is completely satisfying for any carnivore who is conscious of upping the protein in their diet, and also for any lover of French onion soup!
French Onion Soup Ingredient List
Boneless Pork Chops, Dijon Mustard, Butter, Olive Oil, Sweet Onions, Beef Stock, Wine, Butter, Fresh Thyme, Gruyere or Swiss Cheese, Salt, and Pepper.
Topped with a little bit of Swiss cheese (or feel free to use Gruyère), serve these French Onion Pork Chops along with a nice side salad and some roasted carrots, and parsnips. Or, if you’re feeling indulgent, how about over some mashed potatoes, pasta or even polenta or rice? Oh no! What have I done? Now my stomach is seriously growling at me! ACK!
- 4 boneless pork chops
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
- 4-5 large sweet onions, sliced
- 7 - 8 sprigs fresh thyme plus additional for garnish
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon salt plus additional to season the chops
- ½ teaspoon pepper plus additional to season the chops
- ¼ cup dry red or white wine
- ½ cup beef or chicken stock
- 4 ounces shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese
Brush the Dijon mustard evenly on both sides of the pork chops.
Season each chop, on both sides, with salt and pepper.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium/high heat and brown the chops on both sides, (approximately 2-3 minutes per side).
Remove the browned chops to a plate and keep warm.
In the same skillet add the remaining olive oil and the sliced onions, stirring well to coat the onions in the oil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
Cook the onions, stirring only occasionally, until they're golden brown and caramelized. This should take at least 15 minutes over medium/high heat.
Add the wine, stock, and fresh thyme to the onions, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Cook an additional 2-3 minutes after the addition of the wine and stock, stirring frequently.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the chops back into the skillet along with the onions.
Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until the chops are no longer pink in the center.
Remove the cover and add the shredded cheese to the top of each chop.
Return the cover to the skillet. Turn off the heat, and allow the cheese to melt.
Garnish the top of each chop with a sprig or two of fresh thyme.
Serve the chops on a bed of caramelized onions, making sure to remove the older thyme sprigs before serving.
tools and equipment:
large skillet with a lid (or aluminum foil)
wooden spoon or slotted spoon
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