Za’atar Pork Chops with Parmesan Cream Sauce

Wisconsin Cheese Za’atar Pork Chops with Parmesan Cream Sauce   Recipe
Active Time
30 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Parmesan can be used in this recipe.


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place potatoes and carrots on a 17 x 12-inch baking pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil; toss to coat. Arrange vegetables in a single layer. Season with salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon za’atar seasoning. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring once.
  3. Meanwhile, season both sides of the pork chops with salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon za’atar seasoning.
  4. Warm remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown pork chops for 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a greased 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in meat reads 145°F. Transfer to a plate. Keep warm.
  5. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add remaining za’atar seasoning. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to loosen any browned bits from bottom of pan.
  6. Gradually whisk in cream. Bring cream just to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook and stir sauce for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in parmesan until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve pork chops and vegetables with sauce. Garnish with fresh thyme if desired.

Recipe Tips

To make your own za’atar seasoning: Combine 2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon sumac, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano and 1/4 teaspoon salt. | Sumac is available in the spice aisle at Middle Eastern markets.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Wisconsin leads the production of award-winning parmesan cheese in the U.S. Its buttery, sweet and nutty flavors intensify with age.

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