A snowy day supper

We knew it was coming. Let be honest, we have been checking and rechecking the forecast all week willing the white to arrive. One slippery, boot-crunching walk and tediously long wait for a train home from work later – and the novelty has started to wear thin. The tip of my nose is much like my dogs. Wet and cold.

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

But unlike the pooch I do not wish to go outside and roll around in the cold, wet, white stuff. I want to stay at home, candles lit, in my onesie AND dressing gown with a steaming plate of this…

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Crispy pork chops, buttery mash, glossy green spinach and lashings of creamy mustard and garlic sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 large waxy white potatoes
  • Butter 
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A small tub of creme fraiche
  • Wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 bag of washed and ready to cook spinach

 (Serves 2 for exceedingly large portions)

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking
Drizzle your chops in a small amount of olive oil, X2 crushed garlic cloves and a hefty sprinkling of salt and pepper. Leave to marinade in the fridge for an hour or until you are ready to cook.
Peel your potatoes. Cut into small chunks to speed up the cooking time and boil for about 30 mins or until soft. This will depend on the size of your potato chunks – give them a prod with a knife now and again to see how they are getting on.
When the potatoes are almost ready. Put a frying pan or grill pan on a high heat, you do not need to oil the pan as the meat is slightly oiled. When hot add the chops so they sizzle and spit. If you can, try to hold the fatty edges firmly against the pan with some tongs. This will render down the fat making is deliciously crispy.
Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Drain the potatoes, add as much butter as you dare, salt, pepper and a dollop of your creme fraiche. Put the lid back on pan and leave to one side.

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

The pork should take about 5 minutes each side depending on the thickness of the chops. If you are unsure cut into the meat and take a look – it shouldn’t be iridescent or pink but should still be juicy.

When cooked, take the pork out of the pan onto a board and cover in tin foil to keep warm.

DO NOT wipe the pan clean or try to use another one. The juices left and the burnt, crispy bits stuck to the pan is what will give your creamy sauce its best flavours.

Turn down the heat and add a large knob of butter.

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking
Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Add three heaped tablespoons of creme fraiche to the pan, a heaped teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and the juice of half a lemon. Stir.

Put your spinach in a small pan with a small lump of butter (yes, more butter) and a grating of nutmeg. (optional) Turn on the heat fairly high and place lid on pan.

Start piling up your plate with mountains of mash, a glossy greens for good measure, crispy pork and smother in the creamy sauce.

Eat in large fluffy socks.

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking
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2 thoughts on “A snowy day supper

  1. I made this yesterday and was the perfect warming Sunday supper! Great recipe, will definitely be making it again. P.S. I added some mushrooms and onions to the creamy sauce which went really well. X

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