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Aaaaand it’s finally here!! Winter break! Last week I wrote about how I used to dislike our company’s mandatory shutdown during the winter. But I have to admit it does bring back that excitement you felt as a kid when school was out before a break. It is the best feeling!
We have two days of Christmas celebrations, and then I am off to Brooklyn for some quality time with my mom. I asked Aldo what he’s going to do while I am gone and his response was ”order pizza and watch netflix.” Clearly he’s got BIG plans.
But in the meantime, I made these Cajun Pork Chops, smothered in a delicious tomato sauce. I mean, you can’t even tell there a pork chop under there with all that thick sauce! Good thing too, because that sauce came out delicious – perfectly spicy. I am glad there is so much of it. Spoon the sauce over some roasted vegetables and potatoes, over pasta or rice, or sop it up with a piece of bread. All of the above are great options. You can’t go wrong here.
And the pork chops themselves came out perfect. I really watched over them for the last few minutes to get the temperature just right so they don’t overcook, and the effort was well forth it. So tender, the knife slides right through them! Perfection.
I will be coming back to this recipe again and again, since it only takes 30 minutes from scratch. I have no idea why I never thought of this before!
A few notes about the recipe:
- Cajun seasoning can be spicy!! So use your judgement and don’ t use 5 whole tablespoons if you don’t like things spicy. Or mix it 50/50 with mild paprika for full flavor with half the spice. I like things spicy. 🙂 I recommend this seasoning from Healthy Solutions Spice Blends. One package goes a long way. I’ve had this package since I created these recipes in March: Cajun Shrimp and Vegetable Pasta and Cajun Shrimp Salad.
- Cajun seasoning sometimes contains salt, so check the ingredients on yours and skip the salt in the sauce if the Cajun seasoning contains salt as one of the first ingredients.
- 4 pork chops (I used bone-in, about 1 inch thick)
- 4 + 1 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning (see recipe notes)
- 1 medium yellow onion , thinly sliced
- 2 + 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
- Salt & pepper to taste (optional)
Rub the pork chops with Cajun seasoning (approximately 1 tablespoon per pork chop, 1/2 tablespoon per side). Allow to sit for a few minutes to let the Cajun seasoning seep into the pork chops while you prepare the onions.
Thinly slice the onions. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet and saute the onions for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat in the same large skillet, and add the pork chops. Sear for about 5 minutes on each side. The pork chops will not be fully cooked yet.
Add in the sauteed onions and the crushed tomatoes. Top with the remaining 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning and give everything a gentle stir. Season with salt and pepper (if your Cajun seasoning isn't already salty and spicy enough).
Bring the tomato sauce to a gentle boil (you'll see small bubbles in between the pork chops). Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a bit and the pork chops reach a temperature of 160F in the thickest part. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Check the ingredients in your Cajun seasoning - some already contain salt. If yours already has salt, you can skip it from this recipe.