Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pork Chops with Mushroom Bourbon Cream Sauce

3 TBSP olive oil
1 lb mushrooms of choice - i used Maitake and button
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves - minced
1/2 cup dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Bourbon Whiskey
Salt & pepper
1 large egg
2 TBSP water
4 pork chops
All purpose flour
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
5 TBSP olive oil or Grape seed oil
2 TBSP minced basil

Preheat oven to 400. In separate shallow bowls place 1) flour 2) breadcrumbs 3) egg whisked with 2 TBSP water. Set aside.

Saute onions, garlic and mushrooms in 3 TBSP olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat until the mushrooms are browned - about 10-15 minutes. Add the wine, increase heat to high and boil until liquid is reduced to almost a glaze, about 6 minutes. Add the chicken stock and Bourbon, boil until reduced by two thirds. Add the cream and simmer several minutes until the sauce thickens. (If you are making the Allergy-free version you will want to also add about 2 TBSP of prepared roux at this point to help thickening).

Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper. Dip chops in flour, then the egg mixture and then the bread crumbs, coating completely. Heat 5 TBSP olive or grape seed oil in an oven safe pan over medium high heat. Add the pork chops and cook until browned, about 4 minutes on each side. Turn chops one more time and place pan in preheated oven for 5-8 minutes.

While the pork is resting (3-5 minutes), bring sauce to a simmer and add chopped basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over chops and polenta or rice!

**Allergy-free substitutions:
Flour - all purpose gluten free flour or Garbanzo bean flour
Cream - Original unsweetened coconut milk or Soy creamer if you can tolerate
Egg wash - 1 cup coconut milk mixed with 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (let set 5 minutes after mixing)
Breadcrumbs - Cut a loaf of gluten-free bread into 1/2 inch squares. Bake in a 350 degree oven until dry. Let cool then process in a food processor with desired seasonings - Italian, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, parsley.

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