Creole pork with cheesy polenta and cooked asparagus on a round white plate with a white towel on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Creole Pork with Cheesy Polenta

Spice up pork night and make creole pork with cheesy polenta as a delicious side dish. It’s perfect for a quick and easy meal with a kick.

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Pork chops are one thing we all agree on at my house. All four of us will eat pork in almost any way it’s made. I always have a package of pork in the freezer for this reason and decided to try something a bit different to spice it up. Literally. I spiced it up with some creole seasoning to give it a creole flavor.

When I decided to go with the creole flare, I started looking up some ideas for a side. I saw a lot of things about polenta and had never made it before. It was a great time to give it a shot. I wasn’t sure I would like it plain, though, so added some cheese to the dish. Tyler and Ryan weren’t so sure about the polenta, but Justin and I really enjoyed it. I’ll be making it again as a side dish to other meals in the future, too.

Note: I have always preferred the Tony Cachere’s Creole Seasoning. You can find it on Amazon HERE or look at your local grocery store near the others herbs and spices.

Creole Pork with Cheesy Polenta Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 lb pork chops, thin, boneless
  • 1 tbsp creole seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 1/3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Ingredients for creole pork with cheesy polenta in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface

Preparation

In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil then slowly stir in the cornmeal. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened.

Meanwhile, season the pork with creole seasoning and 1/4 tsp salt. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat then add the pork and cook, turning as needed, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Pork chops in a large skillet on a wooden surface

Remove the pork from the pan and add the remaining 1 tbsp oil, asparagus, white cooking wine, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook until the asparagus is tender, scraping any bits from the pork, about 3-5 minutes.

Asparagus in a large skillet on a wooden surface

Remove the polenta (cornmeal mixture) from the heat and stir in the cheese, green onions, butter, pepper, and remaining 1/4 tsp salt.

Cheesy polenta in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Serve the pork, asparagus, and polenta together immediately.

Creole pork with cheesy polenta and cooked asparagus on a round white plate with a white towel on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

We stored the leftover creole pork separate from the cheesy polenta. I heated the pork again in a skillet until just warmed through (you don’t want to overcook it) and the polenta in a pot on the stovetop. If the polenta gets too dry, you can add a bit of water or butter to loosen it up a bit as it warms.

Recipe

Originally Published On: March 7, 2022

Creole pork with cheesy polenta and cooked asparagus on a round white plate with a white towel on a wooden surface

Creole Pork Chops with Cheesy Polenta

Spice up pork night and make creole pork with cheesy polenta as a delicious side dish. It's perfect for a quick and easy meal with a kick.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
Keyword:
cheddar cheese
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cornmeal
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creole
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polenta
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pork
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pork chops
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Pork
Servings: 6 pork chops
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 lb pork chops (thin, boneless)
  • 1 tbsp creole seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb asparagus (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 1 1/3 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

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Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil then slowly stir in the cornmeal
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened
  • Meanwhile, season the pork with the creole seasoning and 1/4 tsp salt
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat then add the pork and cook, turning as needed, until cooked through, about 10 minutes
  • Remove the pork from the pan and add the remaining 1 tbsp oil, asparagus, white cooking wine, and 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cook until the asparagus is tender, scraping any bits from the pork, about 3-5 minutes
  • Remove the polenta (cornmeal mixture) from the heat and stir in the cheese, green onions, butter, pepper, and remaining 1/4 tsp salt
  • Serve the pork, asparagus, and polenta together immediately
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Nutrition Facts
Creole Pork Chops with Cheesy Polenta
Amount Per Serving (1 pork chop + 1/2 cup polenta)
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 533mg22%
Potassium 736mg21%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1293IU26%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 223mg22%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Creole Pork with Cheesy Polenta FAQs

What is creole seasoning?

Creole seasoning and cajun seasoning are very similar. They are a blend of seasonings featuring garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Creole seasoning typically also includes herbs such as thyme, oregano, and paprika.

What is polenta?

Polenta originates in Italy. It is a paste made from cornmeal that is then cooked and seasoned.
Src: https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/packages/food-network-essentials/what-is-polenta

Can I use bone-in pork chops?

Yes, you can use bone-in pork chops. Your cook time will increase, though, since it takes longer to cook those pork chops. I prefer boneless since they are quick and easy and I don’t have to worry about the kids biting into the bones.

What’s the difference between “cajun” and “creole”?

Cajun and Creole are typically interchange, although their roots have different meanings. You can read about it HERE.

Where do I buy creole or cajun seasoning?

I usually find them with the other seasonings and spices. If you can’t find it, you can make your own following this recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/38214/creole-seasoning-blend/

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