Despite a general love for all things pork, many of us still look to chicken breasts for easy meals. No offense to the popular poultry, but our taste buds are crying out for some more variety. This is where pork chops come in. They’re just as simple to prepare as chicken and readily take on any flavor you throw their way. Taste what you’ve been missing with these seven recipes.
1. Crockpot Maple-Dijon Pork Chops
Maple and mustard might be the most sophisticated version of sweet and savory. This is good news because you can use the duo to effortlessly elevate these crockpot pork chops from Eat, Live, Run. Just sear the meat, cook some onions, then add everything to your slow cooker. Add some crusty bread and a green salad to quickly complete the meal.
- 2 large, bone-in pork chops
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper, plus more
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Directions: Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet set over high heat. Season chops with salt and pepper, add to pan, and cook until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chops to slow cooker.
Reduce pan heat to medium low. Add onions and cook until just beginning to soften, stirring. Add vinegar, syrup, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Cook mixture for 2 minutes, then transfer to slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours. Serve pork chops with sauce drizzled over top.