- YIELD 4 servings
- TIME 40 minutes
In this simple dish, thick pork chops are pan-seared, then finished in the oven. Served with a pungent grainy mustard vinaigrette and crisp-edged shiitake mushrooms, it makes a tasty, hearty weeknight meal.
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
- ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons safflower or grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 4 bone-in pork chops (1 1/4-inch thick)
- Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- ½ pound small shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
- Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mustards, 1/2 cup of oil and sherry vinegar until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
- Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon remaining oil. Meanwhile, season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside to absorb the seasoning for a few minutes.
- When the oil begins to smoke, add the shiitake mushrooms to the pan, brown side down, in a single layer. Cook, undisturbed, for 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat until the caps are seared all over. Using kitchen tongs, turn mushrooms on their other side and cook for a few more minutes until golden. Transfer mushrooms to a plate and set aside. Wipe skillet of any excess oil with a wad of paper towels and set over medium heat once again.
- Add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. When it begins to smoke, add the pork chops in a single layer (you may have to do this in two batches). Cook the pork chops over high heat until the first side is browned, 6 to 8 minutes, depending on thickness. Flip over the pork chops and place the skillet in the center of the oven. Cook for an additional 6 to 8 minutes or until done to taste. Remove the skillet from the oven and allow the pork chops to rest, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Arrange the pork chops on a serving platter. Top with mustard vinaigrette and mushrooms. Serve immediately.