Family Dinner Challenge – Jill’s French Pork Chops

french pork chops with mustard

Are you bored cooking the same family dinners over and over? It is easy to get stuck in a rut with family dinners. But help is at hand – Michelle & I have taken to Instagram for our monthly family dinner challenge where we are both given the same basic ingredients and we have to create a wonderful family dinner which is then voted on by you! This month it was pork chops, an onion and garlic. Here’s my French Pork Chops recipe:

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I found this pork chops recipe in The French Kitchen cookbook by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde (unfortunately out of print now) and have been making it regularly ever since.


Even though there’s mustard and wine in this recipe, they cook off nicely in the sauce and the butter helps give to give the sauce a really nice sheen.

This recipe serves 4

French Pork Chops with Mustard


  • 4-6 pork chops (depending on appetites and size of chops)
  • 75g butter
  • 2 onions
  • half a clove of crushed garlic
  • 100ml white wine
  • 1 tblsp Dijon mustard
  • 50g small gherkins
  • sea salt and black pepper


  1. Melt half the butter in a large frying pan, sprinkle your pork chops with salt and fry the chops over a medium heat for 12 minutes on one side, then 12 minutes on the other side. The chops should be golden brown by the end of cooking.
  2. While the chops are cooking, dice your onions and gherkins.
  3. Set the pork chops aside and then add the onions and garlic to the pan, saute over a gentle heat – you don’t want to brown them but they will look brown from the butter and chops.
  4. Once the onions are softened, add the white wine, increase the heat until the wine has reduced by half.
  5. Turn down the heat and add the mustard and remaining butter and mix in. Finally stir in the gherkins and add your pork chops back in to warm through.

I usually serve this with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Verdict: The family loves this dish and it’s very easy and quick to make.

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Over to you now. Have you tried this recipe for French pork chops with mustard? Tell us in the comments below. 

Family Dinner Challenge Jill's French Pork Chops

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