Apricot Dijon Pork Chops

This one is definitely going on my favorites list!

These pork chops can be whipped up in just a matter of minutes (about 30) and require only a few simple ingredients. What you end up with is something so delicious, so gourmet-like, so pretty that you won’t believe that it came from your kitchen.

I chose bone-in pork chops for this recipe just because I think they’re pretty. Also, when you cook them a lot of flavor seeps out of the bones. Yeah, I know, that sounds kind of frightening but it’s nothing short of delicious. Since the pan drippings are a big part of flavoring the sauce, bone-in seems to be the way to go.

You will definitely want to go with thin cut chops so you can give them a quick sear on each side and not have to worry about the inside being under cooked. If you do happen to get thick cut, you can add the chops back to the sauce and let them simmer for a while until the insides are cooked through.

Apricot Dijon Pork Chops

Apricot Dijon Pork Chops

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Total Cost: $7.00
Cost Per Serving: $1.75
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 thin cut pork chops $5.91
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.22
  • ½ cup apricot preserves $0.57
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard $0.12
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.12
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • ¼ cup water $0.00
  • a pinch salt and pepper $0.05
Instructions
  1. Prepare the sauce by whisking together the apricot preserves, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and water. Set the sauce aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet with 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. While the skillet is heating, remove the pork chops from their package and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Once the skillet is very hot but not smoking (the oil should look wavy on the surface), add the chops to the skillet. Over crowding the skillet will cause the heat to drop and prevent searing so cook the chops in batches of two. Cook on each side until browned (about 5 minutes each side). NOTE: The chops will stick to the pan initially, but they will naturally be released from the surface when a “sear” has been achieved. If the chop is still sticking to the pan that means it is not ready to flip yet.
  4. When the chops finish searing, remove them to a clean plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Once all of the chops have cooked, reduce the heat to medium-low and pour the apricot sauce into the skillet. Using a whisk, stir and cook the sauce for 1-2 minutes. The whisk will help the pan drippings release from the bottom of the pan and flavor the sauce. This is called “deglazing.”
  5. Either serve the pork chops with the sauce spooned over top or add the chops back to the warm skillet to coat with sauce. I spooned the sauce over top for presentation’s sake but in the future I’ll probably add them to the pan to completely coat with the yummy sauce!

 

apricot dijon pork chops

Step By Step Photos

apricot dijon sauceMake the sauce by whisking together the apricot preserves, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup water.

pork chopsThese are the pork chops that I bought. They are “thin cut center loin pork chops.” You don’t have to buy this exact type but try to get a thin cut so they cook quickly. Bone in adds a little more flavor than boneless.

season chopsBegin to heat the oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. As the skillet is heating, season both sides of the chops with salt and pepper.

sear pork chopsOnce the oil is hot (the surface should look wavy but it should not be smoking), add the chops. Even with my huge skillet, three chops ended up over crowding it a bit and I didn’t get a good sear on all of them. So, try to cook them in batches of two.

sear chopsCook the chops on each side until they achieve a golden brown sear (about 5 min each side). As you can see, the one chop didn’t sear well because too much moisture collected in the skillet. In order to achieve a good sear, the pan must stay hot and there can’t be a lot of moisture. Both of these are prevented by not over crowding the pan. Also, you’ll know when it is seared because the chop will no longer stick to the skillet’s surface.

plate cooked chopsAs the chops finish searing, remove them to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm until they are all cooked.

pan drippingsAfter the chops are all cooked, your pan will look a little something like this. All of that brown stuff is flavor that will be infused into the sauce.

apricot dijon pan sauceReduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the apricot dijon sauce. Use a whisk to stir and dissolve the drippings off of the bottom of the pan. Stir and cook the sauce for 1-2 minutes.

apricot dijon pork chopsEither serve the pork chops with the sauce spooned over top or add the chops back to the warm skillet and coat with sauce. Oh, and I garnished with chopped parsley but it was purely for the picture’s sake. You don’t need it for flavor.