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Pork Chops with Sherry Vinegar Sauce

Ingredients
Serves:
4
center-cut pork chops, each 11/2 inches thick
salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon
peanut oil or mild-flavored vegetable oil
2 tablespoon s
unsalted butter
7 tablespoon s
sherry wine vinegar
3 tablespoon s
sherry
1 cup
Brown Veal Stock (see "Soups & Stocks") or beef stock
1 tablespoon
good-quality bottled barbecue sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon s
Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon s
peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon
minced chives
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. 
  2. With paper towels, pat the pork chops dry. Season them on both sides with salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat a heavy ovenproof sauté pan large enough to hold the pork chops over high heat. Add the oil and 1 tablespoon butter and swirl to coat the pan evenly. Add the pork chops to the pan and sear, undisturbed, until their undersides turn golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the chops over and sear for 1 minute more. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until the chops are cooked through but still slightly pink at the center, 10 to 12 minutes. 
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the pork chops to a heated platter, loosely covered with aluminum foil, to rest while you make the sauce. Pour off excess fat from the pan and return the pan to the stove over medium high heat. Pour in the sherry vinegar and sherry and stir and scrape with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan deposits. Stir in the stock and barbecue sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Whisk in the Dijon mustard and the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. 
  5. Place the pork chops on individual serving plates and spoon the sauce over and around them. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and minced chives.
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About this Recipe

I've refined this recipe from my native Austria to please American palates.

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