This simple dish came about from a can of green chilies sitting in my fridge that I opened a couple nights ago and then decided not to use them in a recipe. Really wanted to use them up and created a tasty dish that takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Brown the chops, sausage, make the sauce and YOU’RE EATING! My husband really liked the bit of sausage in the gravy. Not so much as to make it salty though. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal followers. Paleo followers will want to use coconut milk in lieu of the cream.
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2 tsp. bacon grease (or oil of choice)
4 4-oz. pork chops
4 oz. lean smoked sausage (2 links), diced small
1 c. rich pork broth (I save drippings from roasts and freeze for such uses)
3/4 c. heavy cream
4 oz. canned mild green chilies
¼ tsp. coarse black pepper
OPTIONAL: 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum or your favorite thickener for thicker sauce
DIRECTIONS: Dice the sausage. I sliced and then cut those slices into quarters. Set aside. Heat the bacon grease in a skillet and sear the pork chops on both sides until nearly done. Remove to platter. Add the smoked sausage to the pan and saute until done, or a couple minutes. Add the pork broth and bring to a full simmer. Lower heat and add cream and green chilies (I did not drain). Finally add the black pepper and simmer on lowest heat for about 5 minutes to allow the cream to reduce & slightly thicken up. Add back the chops. Add a dusting of xanthan gum, whisking it into the sauce, allowing to develop and thicken further, if not thick enough for you. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite sides.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains:
374 calories, 30.5 g fat, 1.85 g carbs, 0.20 g fiber, 1.65 g NET CARBS, 22.9 g protein, 405 mg sodium