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Juicy pork chops are slathered with a luscious sauce in this cream of mushroom pork chops recipe. Yet, the rich and creamy mushroom sauce is totally dairy-free! Marrying earthy, umami mushrooms with blended cashews and savory garlic, the sauce envelopes perfectly seared and tender pork chops, making a delicious and comforting dinner the whole family will love!
If you love the delicious combination of saucy mushrooms and pork chops, try our smothered pork chops.
This cream of mushroom pork chops evokes a sense of nostalgia – remember the 80s trend of smothering pork chops with a can of Campbell's mushroom soup? In this version, we bid farewell to the mystery contents of a can and embrace the goodness of wholesome ingredients. It's dairy-free, yet super creamy thanks to the magic of soaked cashews. It's perfect for a warming weeknight meal that the kids will remember when they grow up.
You wouldn't believe these cream of mushroom porkchops were dairy-free, thanks to the magic of creamy blended cashews – it tastes as though it was made with heavy cream. This is what you need:
- Pork chops: This comfort food is seared to perfection then slathered with creamy cashew mushroom sauce.
- Cashews: Soaked to soften so they blend easily.
- Olive oil or bacon fat: To cook the pork.
- Mushrooms: Sliced mushrooms spike the sauce with their umami, earthy flavor.
- Garlic: For a savory depth.
- Parsley: For a little burst of fresh herb.
- Sea salt and black pepper: To balance the other flavors.
How to make cream of mushroom pork chops
These pork chops with cream of mushroom soup are an easy dinner recipe – just whip up the sauce, cook the pork chops, and throw it all together. These are the instructions:
- Make the cream of mushroom sauce: Over medium-high heat, cook the mushrooms until browned. Drain the soaked cashews, then blend with some of the mushrooms, chicken stock, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic.
- Cook the pork: Sear the pork chops in a skillet until they're brown on both sides.
- Put everything together: Pour the sauce over the pork, add the mushrooms, and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve with the fresh parsley on top!
While this recipe is quite straighforward, there are a couple of tips to ensure it turns out perfectly.
- Pork is best when it is cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure that the pork chops don't overcook, it is best to test them with an instant read thermometer.
- The cashew sauce thickens as it cooks. If it becomes too thick, add a splash or chicken stock or water to thin.
- A heavy skillet or cast iron pan works best for this recipe. Leave the nonstick pan in the cupboard for this one!
- You can use boneless chops if you prefer. Just remember that they cook a little faster so keep an eye on them to make sure they don't overcook.
What to serve with cream of mushroom pork chops
Add a fresh side salad, like this apple fennel salad, this roasted broccoli salad, or this arugula wild rice salad. Some sauteed asparagus or sauteed green beans will round out the nutrition with some vibrant greens.
How thick are the pork chops used?
Look for pork chops that are around one inch in thickness. You can use boneless pork chops or bone-in pork chops.
How do you soak cashews?
We use a mason jar with a 2-cup volume. Pop the raw cashews into the jar, fill it with water, then put the jar into your fridge. If you don’t have a mason jar, any container that can hold the water and cashews will work. One thing to keep in mind is the cashews need to soak either overnight – or, in hot water for an hour. Cashews are the only nut (that we know of) that are neutral flavored and become super creamy when blended.
Can I store leftovers?
Yes, store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days, in an airtight container.
Tell me more about the sauce!
The inspiration for this recipe came from our magic mushroom sauce recipe.
It's perfect on everything from pasta to casseroles and potatoes.
Can I add any other herbs?
Yes! We sometimes add thyme when we make this. Italian seasoning is a spice mix that goes well with the flavors.
- ¾ cup raw cashews (soaked for 4-24 hours -see notes)
- 2 tablespoons oil or bacon fat (divided)
- 1 ½ lb mushrooms (sliced)
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 4 bone-in pork chops
- Minced parsley (to garnish)
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil or bacon fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are brown. Remove the mushrooms from the skillet.1 ½ lb mushrooms
- Drain the soaked cashews then place them into your blender along with a small scoop of the cooked mushrooms, the chicken stock, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic. Blend on high until smooth.¾ cup raw cashews, 2 cups chicken stock, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1 clove garlic
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil or bacon fat to the skillet and sear the pork chops over high heat until they are brown on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. If the pork chops released a lot of fat, drain it from the skillet and then lower the heat to medium.4 bone-in pork chops
- Pour the sauce from your blender into the pan, mix in the mushrooms, and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Serve with a little parsley over the top if you'd like to make it pretty.Minced parsley
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