The combination of sweet and savory vinaigrette served with the perfect roasted potatoes and to-die-for pork chops.

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pork chops with vinaigrette and potatoes

I take almost a daily trip to my local grocery store to purchase our vegetables. 

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The watercress salad looked beautiful and fresh. I have wanted to introduce watercress to my little tribe for a while now, and here it was, ready to be taken home.

As I turned around to place the salad in the cart, the bin with small gorgeous golden nuggets, all one size, the potatoes bin was filled to the rim. 

Pork Chops and Roasted Potatoes with Red Wine Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

I love potatoes; if allowed,  they will grace my every meal.

Dinner was coming along in my head.

So excited to have the fresh watercress for dinner instead of our regular spring mix salad. 

Change is a great thing when it comes to dinner.

On the other hand, my family has a hard time with change, and the watercress was not high on their list of prospects of new food concepts.

This dinner is effortless to prepare and quite open to letting your imagination go wild and creative.

Ingredients needed to make this delicious recipe of pork chops with oven-roasted potatoes

Red wine vinegar

Dijon mustard


Fresh thyme

Olive oil

Red Potatoes


Blue cheese

Arugula salad

Bone in pork chops

Pork Chops and Roasted Potatoes with Red Wine Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Equipment needed

I only recommend what I use and love

Medium bowl – for mixing your par-boiled potatoes

Small bowl – to create your vinaigrette

Whisk – to prepare your vinaigrette

Large pot – large enough to boil the potatoes

Chef’s knife

Cookie sheet

Platter – for the salad

Skillet – oven and stoveproof to cook your pork chops, ensure that your chops have room around them so they can cook evenly. Since the chops will go in the oven for five minutes, ensure your skillet is oven-proof.

Oven mitten – You will need them to remove the skillet from the oven.

Aluminum foil – to tend your chops so they stay warm and not dry out.

Variations and suggestions

Nuts and sliced pears can be added. Or dried cranberries or raisins.

I used blue cheese because I love it and always have some in the refrigerator drawer.

However, some shaved pecorino would be excellent with it also.

Parboiling the potatoes will help you cut time on the cooking process.

Vinaigrette takes less than 2 minutes to assemble and can be refrigerated for up to a week.

Do not rely on my pictures, which are far from giving credit to the great flavor of the dish.

Pork Chops and Roasted Potatoes with Red Wine Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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porc chops with vinaigrette
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Comfort food with every bite


  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tbsp thyme, chopped
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 16 small red potatoes, same size red potatoes
  • 8 ounces watercress, chopped
  • ½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • arugula salad, finley sliced
  • 4 pork chops, 8 ounces each


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree.


  • Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, honey and thyme in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil and whisk until emulsified.

Potato salad

  • In a large salted pot of water, boil the potatoes until cooked through but not soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and cool off with cold water to be handle them.
  • Cut them in half, place them in a bowl with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Place them in a cooking sheet and bake for another 10 minutes in the hot oven
  • Arrange the watercress on a platter, top with the potatoes and drizzle vinaigrette over the top and serve immediately.


  • Season with salt, pepper and fresh chopped thyme.
  • Cook on medium high heat for 4 minutes on each side. Each side should be a golden crust. Place in the hot oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, give it a nice last searing on the stove. Turn heat off and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Transfer to a platter and spoon vinaigrette over each serving


Calories: 1049kcal | Carbohydrates: 141g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 4137mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 100.5mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 7.1mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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