Sticky thyme & mustard bacon chops

Sticky thyme & mustard bacon chops

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(16 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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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28th Jul, 2015
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.
20th Nov, 2014
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.
13th May, 2014
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.
22nd Jan, 2014
Delicious, Easy Prep, Easy to cook, Easy to eat.
1st Mar, 2013
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.
25th Feb, 2013
Made this twice now & has turned out great both times, very delicious & now a favourite for my partner & I.
20th Feb, 2013
Used apple and cider puree instead of the marmalade and it was easy to make and delicious to eat.
6th Nov, 2012
Didn't fancy the marmalade so I used runny honey instead. Delicious!
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Lynn Gibb
29th Aug, 2018
I agree with you, I didn’t fancy the Seville marmalade either so am using honey with the wholegrain mustard.
19th Jul, 2012
went to cook this again one night and discovered i had no marmalade. found some apple sauce which worked just as well


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