Pork Chops with Cranberry-Mustard Sauce

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 25, 2013

Oh.my.yum-ness.

Here’s how this pork chop recipe went down. I found some pork chops in the freezer that I’d purchased before Austin was born. And I also came across a bag of fresh cranberries that I’d dropped in the freezer during the holidays. I was *supposed* to make and bring homemade cranberry sauce to our family’s holiday feast this past year…but we were hit with some kind of weird virus, so we were quarantined and I never did get to make my cranberry sauce (or my pies.)…so I had a couple bags of fresh cranberries left over in the freezer. (And yes, I was able to get them for $.25 using the $1/1 coupon that came out during the holidays.)

The pork chops were $1.99/lb…that’s my ‘never pay more than price’…and paired with ingredients I already had on hand, plus rice and some frozen veggies I stocked up on when they were $1 per bag…I’ve got a simple, well balanced and well round dinner on the table!

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Season the chops, while the cranberry sauce is simmering.

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Douse the chops in the sauce. And then bake…

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Pork Chops with Cranberry-Mustard Sauce

Adapted from Food Network

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time -5 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes to make sauce, 30-35 minutes to bake

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, about 1.5 lbs. ($2.98)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dash of cinnamon on top of each chop ($.05)
  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries (or 1 15 oz. can) ($.25)
  • 1/4 cup spicy mustard ($.50)
  • 1 cup sugar ($.10)
  • 1 cup brown rice ($.30)
  • 1 bag frozen veggies, 16 oz, ($1)

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9×13 inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, spicy mustard, sugar with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook at a rolling boil for about 20 minutes, or until the cranberries have popped and sauce begins to thicken.
  • (If using canned cranberries, stir together the cranberries, spicy mustard and half of the sugar in a bowl, then spread over the chops.)
  • Add the pork chops to the baking dish and season with salt and pepper and a dash of cinnamon to each chop. Pour the cooked sauce over the top of the pork chops and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until pork chops are cooked through. Cooking time may vary, depending on thickness of the chop.
  • Serve Pork Chops with Cranberry-Mustard Sauce with a side of rice and veggies.

Cost $5.18

 

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