Tam O'Shanter executive chef Oscar Pacheco shares his recipe for a hearty dish that's sure to banish the winter blahs.
Chef Oscar's Country Style Pork Chops
4 ten-ounce pork chops, bone-in
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 6 oranges
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 pound button mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1 cup beef stock
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the Orange Glaze: In a small saucepan, mix orange juice, sugar and apple cider. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and, while stirring, reduce until thick. Set aside.
Cook the chops: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In an ovenproof pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sear the chops on both sides until golden brown. Add the Orange Glaze and coat the pork chops. Place in oven for 12 minutes or until desired doneness.
While the chops are cooking, prepare the Mushroom Sauce: Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve on the side.
Tam O'Shanter executive chef Oscar Pacheco
I suggest serving the pork chops with herbed stuffing, sweet potatoes, sautéed seasonal vegetables and a citrus garnish.