In case you haven’t noticed already, I am a saucy kind of girl, and my favorite sauces are cream sauces. I know they are NOT the healthiest choice and I know they are laden with fat and calories, but I just can’t help myself. One of the first things I learned in culinary school was “fat tastes good”. Well, duh! I already knew that. 🙂
Pork chops were next in line for cooking, and I had tomatoes that needed to be used so, I pan fried my pork chops and cooked them in a creamy tomato basil sauce. I served them with my leftover Spanish rice Chipotle Lime Chicken and some green beans, making the whole meal yet another simple Spanish themed meal.
I think I love cooking Spanish style dishes so much because of the simplicity and the freshness of the ingredients. Plus, I love their big, bold flavors. Most things I cook are simple and have their roots from humble beginnings. Yes, of course I can cook and prepare fancy, complicated dishes, and I do quite often, but my favorites are always the more simple, rustic, downhome dishes.
Pork Chops with Creamy Tomato Sauce
salt & pepper
1-1 1/2 lbs pork chops
Mix the flour, salt & pepper together. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel then coat them with the flour mixture. Cook them until browned, for about 5-7 minutes per side, in a hot skillet or pan with a combination of butter and olive oil. Once they are browned, removed them and set aside.
3-4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
1 TBSP dried basil
1 cup red wine
1 TBSP garlic
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt & pepper to taste
Saute the garlic in the same pan and oil/butter combination as the pork for about 1-2 minutes. Carefully add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to gather up all the drippings.
After the liquid has evaporated, add the tomatoes, cream and seasonings and combine well.
Mix everything together well, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Re-add the pork chops and continue to cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. This is to allow the pork to cook completely while flavoring it and tenderizing it with the sauce as well.
Once everything is done, plate it up. You can serve it with/over potatoes rice or pasta. I chose to use my leftover Spanish rice.
!Enjoy! Mangia! Bon Appetit! and Desfruitas! Make life exciting and sauce it up.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.