Monday, May 16, 2016

Pork Chops in Ketchup & Mustard

I keep an inventory of what is in the freezer because I don't like to keep things too long. By too long I mean more than 4-5 months, depending on the item. We had four pork chops that had been in the freezer since early last October, so they'd been frozen 7 months. Too long for me. I told SP he had two choices: 1. Eat the chops and I would eat something else or 2. Toss them out. He chose to eat them.
In fact, he got a little too excited. Nostalgia, I think. Every so often when we talk about dinners we had as kids, he mentions his mom's Pork Chops Cooked in Ketchup & Mustard. My reaction? Eeewwww gross. I mentioned these pork chops to TX sister one day. She has no recollection of them. Could she be blocking the ick out? I know she dislikes mustard. Is this the root of the mustard hatred? Maybe. But the fact remains: he wanted his pork chops cooked in ketchup & mustard.  
There they are. Browned chops with sauteed onions simmering in ketchup and mustard. I kept thinking it was like a bad McDonald's meal only pork chops instead of a sad supposed beef burger on a squishy white bun. All he needed was to toss in some pickles.
He swears they are quite delicious. They are easy. The sauce keeps the chops from drying out.
It's basically a super simple, super basic homemade barbecue sauce. I did a quick search and there are a lot of similar recipes. Some add vinegar and/or brown sugar.

Pork Chops in Ketchup & Mustard

pork chops, boneless or bone in, any thickness
as much/little onion as you like, sliced or diced
ketchup (Heinz, of course)
any mustard you like (he used Dijon, his mom used Gulden's brown mustard)

Heat skillet on stove (or electric skillet, which is what his mom used to cook enough pork chops for 5 kids + 2 adults) and brown your onion in some butter. Add the chops and brown them on both sides. If they are thin chops, don't cook them too high or for too long. Squeeze in ketchup, covering the tops of the chops. Dollop a spoonful of mustard on top each chop. Gradually add some water and stir everything together to make a sauce, using just enough water to make a sauce of the consistency you like. Simmer until chops are cooked through.

3 comments:

  1. Ooh, sloppy pork chops (which is obviously the correct name for these). :p TX sister may remember them if referred to by that name. ;) In any case, yum!

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  2. That's it, "sloppy pork chops"! I couldn't remember what mom called them. Haven't had them in years, but figured it was a good way to use those up :)

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  3. Now I remember! Good old sloppy pork chops.

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