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Delicious & juicy cajun pork chops smothered in onions and mushrooms, in a spicy Cajun tomato cream sauce.
Having pork chops for dinner has become quite the hit with the family as of late. I’ve been having fun coming up with different ways to cook and serve pork chops, and these creamy Cajun pork chops have quickly become one of my favorites. The chops are juicy and tender and smothered in a delicious creamy sauce flavored with mushrooms, onions, Cajun seasoning, and Cubos de Knorr® Selects Caldo de Tomate. The best part besides the taste? This delicious meal can be made in just 30 minutes! A quick and easy flavorful meal that the whole family will love!
This recipe is packed with flavor from start to finish. I first seasoned the pork chops with salt and pepper before browning them in a hot pan with butter for 5 minutes on each side. Then I removed the chops from the pan, through in a little more butter, and added the garlic, mushrooms and onions to sauté for a couple of minutes. I then added my “secret” ingredient which really adds a nice tomatoey flavor that compliments the sauce in the end. What’s the “secret” ingredient… Cubos de Knorr Selects Caldo de Tomate! Tomato bouillon cubes that really enhances the flavor of the sauce. In the past I would use a chicken bouillon cube, but I’ve found that I love the taste the tomato flavored bouillon cube gives. But if you prefer a different variety, they also come in chicken and vegetable!
I love using Knorr Select Bouillon Cubes because they are made with natural stock and no artificial flavors! There is also no MSG, and 20% less sodium compared to traditional bouillon cubes. I’ve experienced cooking with bouillon that is heavy in sodium and you if forget that the cubes are high in sodium and add salt to the recipe; you often end up with a meal that has been over salted. Not yummy! The sodium level in these bouillon cubes are perfect, and really season food well.
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I mixed the bouillon cube with 1 cup of hot water and made sure it dissolved in the water to make a broth. I then added the broth to the mushrooms and onions which gives the sauce all its flavor. Add the chops back to the pot and let cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the chops again, add sour cream along with the Cajun seasoning and the sauce is done. What makes this smothered is when you add the chops back to the sauce and really nestle them down in there. Such a flavor bomb! Serve these on a bed of couscous or a mash and dinner is served! Check out the recipe below!
- 4 thick-cut center cut pork chops
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup sliced cremini or white button mushrooms, 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 Cubos de Knorr Selects Caldo de Tomate (1 tomato bouillon cube)
- 1 cup water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Season the chops with salt and black pepper to taste. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chops, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chops and set aside,
- Add the onions and mushrooms to skillet and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Meanwhile, dissolve 1 tomato bouillon cube in 1 cup of hot water. Add the tomato stock and deglaze the pan, stirring up any browned bits. Season with a pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a simmer, add the bay leaves and nestle the chops back in the sauce. Cover and simmer on low for about 20-25 minutes until the chops are cooked through.
- Remove the cooked chops to plate. Increase the heat to high and bring pan juices to a boil. You want to reduce the juices by about half.
- Remove the bay leaves and turn the heat down to low. Whisk in the sour cream, Cajun seasoning and smoked paprika until smooth and creamy and heat for 3 minutes. Do not bring to a boil. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Add chops back to pan and coat in sauce and heat another minute or two.