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Pork Chops in Beer

Serves 4

4 thick cut pork chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced thin
2/3 cup dark ale (Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale or other)
1 to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons coarse-ground mustard
1/2 cup sour cream
Chopped green onions

Salt and pepper the chops on both sides. Heat the oil in a skillet until very hot. Sear the chops on both sides, about 2 minutes per side, until brown. Remove the chops and set aside. sauté the onions in the pan until soft. Place the chops on top of the onions, then pour the beer and vinegar over them. Cover and simmer until the chops are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the chops from the pan, stir in the mustard and reduce the sauce. Adjust the seasonings as needed (you may need more vinegar). Remove from the heat. Stir in the sour cream. Serve the chops plated with the sauce and garnished with green onions.


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