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Pork is like….one of those things that southern people eat to be fancy.

I don’t get it, but I’m OK with it!

Pork chops are a great, quick way to eat pig, and they go on sale often!

This particular dish is just LOVELY – it’s insanely simple and looks beautiful and fancy when you serve it.  A great go-to for weeknight entertaining, but also perfect for a sunshiny spring weekend when you should NOT be inside!

Definitely try this tomorrow.

Pork with Tomato Champagne Cream Sauce

Here’s what you’ll need, for 4 portions:

  • 4 thin cut pork chops
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 whole fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup champagne (or white wine, or beer, seriously.  Don’t freak out.)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup cream

This is insanely easy.  Trust me.

First, heat a pan to medium-high heat for at least 5 minutes to get it good and hot. Then, add a drizzle of olive oil and sear the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper until nearly cooked through – they’ll keep cooking a bit after you take them out of the pan!

these were very thin, so they cooked through after about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side – easy!

While the pork chops are cooking, slice and peel the garlic – we’re going to use it right after this!

When the pork is done, remove it to a serving plate and cover it with tin foil to keep it warm.  Then, turn the pork pan down to medium and add the garlic to the pan.

Let the garlic soften for 2 minutes or so – don’t let it burn!

While the garlic is softening you can chop the tomatoes into chunks.

When the garlic is soft and fragrant, add the champagne to the pan and stir to remove any yummy pork bits from the bottom of the pan.

Yum.  Let the champagne or wine bubble and reduce for a minute or two until it’s about half evaporated.  Then, add the tomatoes and cream!

Now, I add my tomatoes at this point because I don’t want them to cook too much –  I love the raw-ish tomato texture with the cooked pork and cream.  You could add the tomatoes with the garlic if you’d like them to soften more!

Whatever you do, let the cream reduce for 3-5 more minutes, bubbling gently.

Taste the sauce, and add a little salt and pepper if you’d like!

Now, add all the sauce and tomatoes over the pork that you have resting on a serving platter under tin foil.

And that, my friends, is the perfect meal to serve after you’ve been playing outside all day with your friends.  Have some champagne to celebrate Spring!