Sticky thyme & mustard bacon chops

Sticky thyme & mustard bacon chops

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Easily doubled
For a satisfying and quick winter supper, tuck into this with mash and greens

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal520
  • fat34g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre2g
  • protein37g
  • salt6.08g
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  • 2 thick bacon loin chops, trimmed of excess fat (or use gammon steaks)



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp thyme leaves


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 2 tbsp Seville orange marmalade
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 300ml chicken stock


  1. Season the bacon chops with pepper (no need to add extra salt). Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, then sizzle and brown the chops over a medium heat for 5 mins, turning once. Lift onto a plate.

  2. Add the butter to the pan. Once it looks foamy, stir in the onion and thyme, and fry very gently for 15 mins until the onion is soft and golden. Stir in the marmalade, mustard and stock, then simmer for 2 mins until it starts to thicken to a sauce. Add the chops back to the pan, simmer for 3 mins more, then serve.

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Comments (14)

mouserbn2's picture

Worked nicely, but I only used half an onion and 200ml of stock. Reduced it until it was quite thick and then returned the bacon chops to the pan.

Leopoldoni's picture

I wanted an interesting way to cook gammon, so tried this. I personally found the slight bitterness of the Seville marmalade a bit odd with the mustard, but this was balanced by the sweet potato and carrot mash I served it with. I would probably go for a sweeter alternative next time, but tasty overall.

mummyellie's picture

Still in love with this recipe, however recently I've started cutting up the bacon/gammon, using golden syrup instead of marmalade and cooking the sauce down till i'ts very sticky then serving on top of a jacket potato. It's one of my favourite meals.

collyg53's picture

Delicious, Easy Prep, Easy to cook, Easy to eat.

miguelaqui's picture

I have just cooked this dish but I have used what I had in,instead of marmalade I used rhubarb and ginger,instead of onion I used a salad mix of onion,carrot,red cabbage cut very thin.I served it with a baked potato and frozen peas.You have to try this everybody,it was Fab.Many thanks to Jane.

mummyellie's picture

Made this twice now & has turned out great both times, very delicious & now a favourite for my partner & I.

lizleicester's picture

Used apple and cider puree instead of the marmalade and it was easy to make and delicious to eat.

porkyface's picture

Didn't fancy the marmalade so I used runny honey instead. Delicious!

zhagan's picture

went to cook this again one night and discovered i had no marmalade. found some apple sauce which worked just as well

zhagan's picture

simple and delicious

stevym2011's picture

Tried this tonight and was amazing didn't think the flavours would gel aswell as they did everybody loved it including the kids

jweg1210's picture

Yuk, Good Food Taste Team, what were you thinking? Looked really unappealing, and tasted worse - I like all the ingredients but I didn't like the combination at all.

griffinb's picture

i had a gammon joint, used all the ingredients apart from the oil and butter and put in my slow cooker....delish!

heatherjdw's picture

Made this thought ok, don`t know whether would make again. found a small after taste.

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