Dijon Pork Chops with Spicy Collard Greens & Mashed Potatoes

Dijon Pork Chops

with Spicy Collard Greens & Mashed Potatoes

35 MIN
2 Servings
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    In this comforting dish, whole grain dijon combines with brown sugar, soy sauce, and more to make the irresistibly savory pan sauce we’re spooning over simply seared pork and a side of creamy mashed potatoes. It’s all complete with a hearty side of collard greens sautéed with punchy garlic, sweet, grated apple, and a touch of crushed red pepper for a kick of heat.

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    Dijon Pork Chops with Spicy Collard Greens & Mashed Potatoes
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    • 2 Boneless, Center-Cut Pork Chops
    • 6 oz Collard Greens
    • ¾ lb Potatoes
    • 1 Apple
    • 1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
    • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
    • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 2 Tbsps Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
    • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • ¼ cup Cream
    Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
    1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Separate the collard green leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Grate the apple on the large side of a box grater, discarding the core. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, mustard, sugar, half the vinegar, and 1/4 cup of water.

    Make the mashed potatoes
    2 Make the mashed potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the cream. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the collard greens & apple
    3 Cook the collard greens & apple

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped collard greens; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the collard greens are bright green and slightly softened. Add the grated apple, remaining vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until the collard greens are softened and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the pork
    4 Cook the pork

    Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Finish the sauce & serve your dish
    5 Finish the sauce & serve your dish

    While the pork rests, to the pan of reserved fond, add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the crème fraîche until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the rested pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes and cooked collard greens. Top the pork and potatoes with the finished sauce. Enjoy! 

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    Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce
    1 Prepare the ingredients & start the sauce

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Separate the collard green leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Grate the apple on the large side of a box grater, discarding the core. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, mustard, sugar, half the vinegar, and 1/4 cup of water.

    2 Make the mashed potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the cream. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.

    Make the mashed potatoes
    Cook the collard greens & apple
    3 Cook the collard greens & apple

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped collard greens; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the collard greens are bright green and slightly softened. Add the grated apple, remaining vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7 to 9 minutes, or until the collard greens are softened and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the pork

    Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Cook the pork
    Finish the sauce & serve your dish
    5 Finish the sauce & serve your dish

    While the pork rests, to the pan of reserved fond, add the sauce (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook on medium-high, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Stir in the crème fraîche until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the rested pork crosswise. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes and cooked collard greens. Top the pork and potatoes with the finished sauce. Enjoy! 

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