Pork with Mushroom Cream Sauce is a perfect fall meal! The chops are tender and juicy while the mushrooms are falvorful and meaty in this creamy delicious sauce.
We have a lot of grocery stores in the area. Like a lot a lot. Seriously. At last count there are 11 grocery stores. I said a lot. All within driving distance of the house. Meaning if I wanted to go there to pick up something for dinner, I have 11 to choose from.
Now, if you’re like me, you love grocery stores. There’s a reason they call me a kitchen hoor. I love to go up and down every aisle of new grocery stores. I love seeing the new products I’ve never seen before, don’t you? All the gadgets and tools that each grocery store offers to help you in the kitchen. I could spend hours…
That’s why I jumped at the chance to visit a new one called The Fresh Market. I wish I had been there for the opening ceremony, but couldn’t. Something about not being able to do certain things at the end of the month.
However, I did make the hubs drive out to Winchester with me for the sushi demo. I thought I could easily entice him with some sushi. Since I don’t like it it’s always a good lure for me to get him to go somewhere. “But honey! There’s sushi!” So, we made hotel arrangements, hit the road after work, and headed to Winchester.
Now, it’s not that far from us and there’s lots of stuff to do in the area, like antique. So we totally made a weekend out of it and had a great time with one exception. The dog was sick. Long story short she had an infection of bad bacteria in her stomach due to being attacked by another dog. Maybe I’ll elaborate on a future post. But I’ll just leave it at that for now. So, we left many pads down while we were out of the room and she would wake me up in the wee hours of the morning to let me know she needed to go out. All is good now. She has probiotics galore in her tummy now.
Before we decided to make this trip to Winchester, Carly from the PR firm BRAVE public Relations that was handling the launch sent me a lovely package of information about the grocery store, a gift card, and a great cookbook!! So, what’s a blogger to do? Pick a recipe from the cookbook, purchase the ingredients at The Fresh Market, and make the recipe.
Not only does this highlight The Fresh Market, but their cookbook that shows you how to cook using seasonal produce and what’s in season to cook with. This is definitely one cookbook that I’m not going to give away. The recipes look delicious, the list of seasonal produce is invaluable, and the photos are beautiful!
Before we headed to The Fresh Market, I read the table of contents to the hubs knowing full good and well which one he’d love to have. But, I wanted to give him options. I made the grocery list and we headed out to the store.
The parking lot was packed full of cars, which is a good thing for the store, but not so much for us. It made finding a parking sport difficult. I could see live entertainment out front and a grill. I knew it was going to be a good shopping trip!
We walked into The Fresh Market and I could see gorgeous color as far as the eye can see. There’s flowers and produce that are just screaming “buy me!” when you walk in the door. Then you see the olive bar and the prepared foods counter and then you’re drooling. I’ve never seen such a large olive bar. And the selections at the prepare foods counter are just stunning. There’s salads, and cooked foods to reheat as far as the eye can see!
We walked to the back of the store where the seafood and meat counter resides and couldn’t believe the selections! Fresh fish and meats that looked drool worthy! Their sausages, which were being cooked up outside, looks perfect for any grilling party. And there were so many to choose from! Since we weren’t head right home we didn’t get any, which I regret because they looked amazing and I know at least two of them tasted fabulous.
You can see the meat counter was full of customers getting some juicy deals on meat. The Fresh Market sends out emails with subscription box type recipes that you can easily pick up on your way home. I love this idea!! It’s less expensive than a subscription box, and you can pick and choose whatever recipes you want to make. And if you purchase all the ingredients, you might get some discounts. Just saying.
They have a cheese counter that rivals other grocery stores in my area. The hubs, in the picture, picked out some delicious Cabot cheese that we can’t get at our stores. He was so excited because we both LOVE Cabot cheese and try to buy it often. They had lots a huge selection of all kinds of brands, flavors, and types of cheese. I could have spent at least an hour looking at all of them.
So, while the recipe calls for chanterelles, they weren’t in season just yet, so I got some delicious looking shiitakes instead. Who says they’re just for Asian cuisine? Shiitakes were the perfect mushroom for this recipe. They held up nicely and absorbed the delicious flavor of the sherry. I don’t know why I haven’t cooked mushrooms with sherry more often. I completely forget how amazing these two are together. Thank you The Fresh Market for reminding me of this in your delicious recipe.
See what I mean? How delicious does that look? And it’s a super quick and easy recipe to make any night of the week. Get the mushrooms pre-chopped and you’re golden! It packs amazing flavor with the mushrooms cooked in sherry. There’s the thyme flavor that goes throughout the sauce. And, I learned a new trick! You’ll just have to check out the recipe to see what the trick is to thicken this sauce. I can’t wait to try this technique again.
I served this creamy pork recipe over some quick polenta. It’s rich flavor really does enhance the pork and sauce. It brings that fine dining element to your dinner table. But you could easily serve this over mashed potatoes, noodles, or even rice if you want. Just something to make sure you get to eat all that creamy, mushroom sauce.
The Fresh Market is a great grocery store. I can’t wait to go back and have the room to go up and down every aisle to see all they have to offer. It was a bit packed for me to do that. I do know they have a great gluten free selection in the freezer section. I’m sure they have some other items in their dry goods aisles, but they were full of people which makes it difficult to get any good photographs.
Do you have The Fresh Market in your area? What do you love about it?
- 4 thick center-cut pork loin chops (about 8 ounces each)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 pound mushrooms (the recipe calls for chanterelles, but I used shiitake)
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1/2 cup dry sherry
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme (I used 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Season chops with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour and shake off excess flour.
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a heavy 12-inch skillet. Add chops and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Add butter to skillet and melt. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they give off their juices and begin to brown, about 10 minutes. (Chanterelles can give off a lot of liquid during cooking. If liquid is excessive, pour it off during cooking to encourage browning.) Stir in shallots and cook until they soften, about 2 minutes. Add sherry and boil to reduce by half. Stir in broth and thyme. Return chops to skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover tightly and cook until chops are cooked through, about 25 minutes. Transfer chops to a platter.
- In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and cornstarch together to dissolve cornstarch. Whisk unto cooking liquid and bring to a simmer to lightly thicken sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over chops and serve at once.
From Cooking in Season with The Fresh Market