Marinated Pork Chops with Asparagus

50 4 servings, 1/4 recipe (149 g) each
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4 servings, 1/4 recipe (149 g) each

A balsamic vinaigrette-Dijon mustard marinade gives these pork chops their extraordinary flavour. Serve with fresh asparagus spears and take a bow.

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  • Mix dressing and mustard until blended; pour over chops in shallow dish. Turn to evenly coat both sides of chops. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
  • Remove chops from marinade; discard marinade. Cook chops in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 4 to 5 min. on each side or until done (160ºF). Remove from heat. Sprinkle with pepper; cover. Let stand 3 min.
  • Meanwhile, place asparagus in microwaveable casserole dish. Add water; cover. Microwave on HIGH 4 to 5 min. or until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain.
  • Serve chops with asparagus.

Trimming Fresh Asparagus

Asparagus spears snap off naturally where they are tough. Simply bend the spear near the bottom end and it will break off at the right point. Or, remove an inch or so of the "woody" portion off the bottom of the stalks with a sharp knife.

Marinating Tips

As a rule of thumb, use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of marinade for every 1 to 2 lb./450 to 900 g of meat. Always marinate meat in the refrigerator-not at room temperature. Use resealable plastic bags or non-reactive containers, such as those made of glass, ceramic or stainless steel, for marinating. (Never marinate foods in aluminum pans.) Turn or stir the meat occasionally as it marinates to ensure even coating of the meat with the marinade.

Testing for Doneness in Pork

To be sure pork is fully cooked, check the internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer 2 to 2-1/2 inches into the thickest part of the meat, not touching any bones - it should read 160°F. If checking thinner pieces, such as pork chops, insert the thermometer through the side of the meat.


  • 4 servings, 1/4 recipe (149 g) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 4 servings, 1/4 recipe (149 g) each
Calories 180
% Daily Value
Total fat 6g
Saturated fat 2g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 210mg
Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary fibre 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 6 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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