the best sweet and savory chops

This recipe is one of my go-to recipes. In addition to being extremely simple, it tastes fantastic and is fancy enough to serve at a dinner party. I recommend making a bed of brown butter mashed potatoes, placing the pork chops on top and then drizzling the orange sauce over everything. 


If you’ve never heard of Montreal steak seasoning you are not alone. But rest assured, most spice companies including McCormick make a premixed version that you can purchase in your local grocery chain. It is made from garlic, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper flakes, dill seed, and salt and is meant to be used as a dry rub on barbecue. When meat is seasoned with it, it tastes similar to pastrami. And, who doesn’t love pastrami!?! 


The sauce for this dish is really spectacular. I recommend doubling it, so that you have plenty of extra. Seriously, it tastes great over potatoes and other veggies, and you’ll want enough left over to sop up with your dinner roll. Yum!

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  • Author: Jennifer Richmond
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: Serves 4


4 1” thick boneless pork loin chops 

3 tablespoons olive oil 

1 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning 

Salt and pepper to taste 

½ cup orange juice 

¼ cup chardonnay wine 

1 tsp orange zest 

1 teaspoon cornstarch 

3 tablespoons water 


Season both side of pork chops with steak seasoning, salt and pepper. 


Place olive oil in a skillet on high heat. 


Once oil is shimmering, place pork chops in pan and sear until golden brown on one side, turn and sear other side to golden brown. 


Pour wine and orange juice into pan and reduce heat to medium. Cover and continue to cook 15 minutes. 


Remove pork chops. Add orange zest to pan juices. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Thicken pan juices with cornstarch and water mixture and continue stirring until thickened.  


Serve over pork chops.  


Double the gravy and serve over mashed potatoes for an unforgettable meal!

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