With St. Patrick's Day around the corner I figured what better way to get ready than with Jameson Mustard Glazed Cast Iron Pork Chops. Tender center cut pork chops pan seared in cast iron then smothered in with Irish whisky glaze.
Cast Iron Pork Chops
I firmly believe that everyone should own at least one cast iron skillet. It doesn’t matter whether you have your grandmother’s set passed down from the Great Depression or a brand new Pre seasoned Lodge Cast Iron skillet. As long as you have a pan that is well seasoned you will be guaranteed a beautiful sear on whatever you’re cooking. Great for casseroles as well searing steaks and if you take care of it you’ll have it forever.
For this recipe I used some beautiful thick center cut bone in pork chops. You could also use pork tenderloin or boneless pork chops as well. If you’re not a fan of pork you could even make this recipe with chicken thighs or breast. The key to a tasty meal is getting that well developed crust on whatever meat you choose to sear. Once the meat hits the pan leave it alone for at least 90 seconds. Let that crust setup before you flip the chops. You will see the edges of the chop begin to change color and it will tell you when it’s time to flip.
Using Potato Starch to sear the Pork Chops.
Potato Starch is a great gluten free alternative to using all purpose flour or cornstarch. It gives you a very light yet crispy coating that is great for absorbing the sauce or glaze later. I figured since we were creating an Irish themed dish it only made sense to incorporate potato somewhere in the recipe. To make this recipe keto friendly you can omit the potato starch or substitute unflavored whey protein powder to get a great crust.
is a great gluten free alternative to using all purpose flour or cornstarch. It gives you a very light yet crispy coating that is great for absorbing the sauce or glaze later. I figured since we were creating an Irish themed dish it only made sense to incorporate potato somewhere in the recipe. To make this recipe keto friendly you can omit the potato starch or substitute unflavored whey protein powder to get a great crust.
Jameson Mustard Glaze with your cast iron Pork Chops
I love incorporating whiskey into sauces whenever possible. It really adds a depth of flavor with caramelized notes of vanilla and oak. Always be careful when adding any alcohol to a saucepan when working with an open flame. Either remove the pan from the heat or turn the burner off when pouring in the whiskey. You will see a flame as the alcohol burns off and you always need to pay attention to the pan while cooking with an open flame.
Using a good quality whole grain mustard with your cast iron pork chops adds texture to the sauce and also helps with the viscosity. I often like to combine mustard with horseradish as I feel they compliment each other perfectly. After the sauce has reduced you may notice that it’s too thick. Simply add a few tablespoons of water or chicken stock to reach the desired consistency. If you want to bulk up this dish some sautéed mushrooms and onions are a delicious addition to the recipe.
What’s a good side dish with pork chops??
Last St. Patrick’s day I made a really Tasty Cauliflower Colcannon that would be an outstanding side with this recipe. Other options that I think would pair well are some simple grilled Vidalia onions or maybe a cauliflower mushroom risotto. Mashed or baked potatoes are classic and always a favorite at my house as well. There’s no wrong answer, it all depends what you’re in the mood for and what you like. Cast Iron pork chops are a fantastic recipe that you can make even if its not St. Patrick's Day!
More Pork Inspiration
- BBQ Pork Chops w/ Caramelized Apples
- Grilled Pork Chops with Alton Brown's Pork Chop Brine
- Southwest Smoked Pork Dip
- Pulled Pork Soft Tacos With Sriracha Coleslaw
Jameson Mustard Glazed Pork Chops
- Cast Iron Skillet
- 1 tbsp Local Raw Honey
- combine salt, pepper and potato starch, then dredge the pork chops in the mixture coating all sides. Heat a cast iron skillet with the burner set to medium. also preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Add Avocado oil to the skillet then sear the pork chops for about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Place skillet in the oven to finish cooking until the pork chops reach about 145 degrees internal temperature
- While pork Chops are in the oven prepare the sauce by sautéing 2 tbsp butter, Worcestershire, mustard and horsradish in a small sauce pan. once ingredients a combined remove pan from heat and ad your irish whiskey. Then return pan to the burner and continue to reduce. be careful of flare ups while alcohol is burning off.
- if desired a 1 tbsp of local honey, once glaze has thickened set aside to cool. if sauce becomes to thick ad a few tbsp of water or chicken stock to loosen up. Once sauce has thickened up remove from the heat and whisk in 2 tbsp of irish butter to finish the sauce.
- After pork chops are fully cooked let them rest for just a few minutes in the pan before plating. Pour glaze over the chops and garnish with fresh scallions.