Best Ever Pork Chops

pork chops done

If you’re looking for a low-calorie or low-carb recipe for pork chops, keep moving.  This is not for you.

If you’re looking for scrump-dil-i-icious, then hang with me and I’ll show you what I do.

I make this dish once (or twice) a year.  The way my man works, he deserves this when it’s his birthday.

I used to serve it when we had our kids’ teachers come for an end-of-the-year meal.  It was fun to fix and fun to watch them (and their husbands) put these pork chops away.  Especially the  husbands – they could put them away!

So let’s get started.

Buy some good pork chops.  Get bone-in chops if you can.  They will be moister and more tender.  I’ve been making these for thirty years, and I know what I’m talkin’ about.

You’ll need a good heavy skillet.  I use my 10-inch cast iron skillet, and I fry these babies on low heat because once that skillet gets hot, it stays hot.

Slice an onion into thin slices.

pork chops onions sliced

Put some butter in your skillet and let it melt.

pork chops skillet

Dredge each pork chop in flour.  Yes, really.  It doesn’t take that much flour to do a light dusting on the chops.

pork chops flour

Slap those chops into that skillet and fry them, then flip them over until both sides are nicely browned.

pork chops frying one sideToss some onions on top of the chops and add pepper.  I don’t add salt because I figure there’s enough salt in the pork.

If you’re into salt, go ahead and throw some in there.

pork chops onions

As the chops are browned, move them to a platter and add more chops.  Add butter or margarine to the skillet if necessary.  You can add a little water to the skillet so that you don’t need to add as much butter or margarine.

Once all the pork chops are fried, add some water to the skillet and stir up all the pieces of pork and onion left in the skillet.  It might look like dirty water to you, but it makes some mean gravy.  Give it time to simmer a little so it can absorb all that flavoring (I said I do this once a year, remember?).

pork chops broth

that delicious pork chop broth!

Put a tablespoon (or two) of flour in a bowl and add enough milk to make a thin paste.

pork chops paste

Bring the skillet mixture to a boil and then slooowly add the milk/flour paste to the mixture, stirring constantly.

Turn the burner down and stir some more until the gravy thickens.  You can add more water or more milk if it gets too thick. If it needs some salt or more pepper, toss it in there.

Put the pork chops with onions into a roaster, bean pot, or a container with a lid, and pour the gravy over all.

pork chops almost done

Bake, covered, at 250 for three to four hours.  If the pork chops are cold when they go into the oven, turn the oven to 400, and once it reaches that temperature, turn it down to 250.  This helps get the heat through the pork chops.

I usually serve this with mashed potatoes so the gravy has a place to go on the plate.

One thing I like about this recipe is that I can fry up the chops and put them (with the gravy) into a pan (or a freezer bag) and stick it in the freezer.  When I’m ready to serve it, I get  it out of the freezer, give it time to thaw, and put it in the oven.

All the mess from this dish has been long washed away.  Plus, I buy the pork chops fresh and fix them when I get home, so I’m not unthawing and re-freezing anything.

 

Best Ever Pork Chops
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
 
Onions and dredged pork chops fried until browned and then slow-baked in an oven. Best. Ever.
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • ¼ - ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in a heavy skillet
  2. Dredge pork chops in half the flour
  3. Fry pork chops on one side, then flip
  4. Add sliced onions to skillet with the pork chops
  5. Season with Salt and Pepper
  6. Remove Pork Chops and Onions to a platter
  7. Add water to the skillet and stir
  8. Mix 1-2 Tbsp flour with ¼+ cup milk, making a smooth paste
  9. Bring water to a boil
  10. Slowly add the flour/milk paste, stirring until thickened
  11. Add more water or milk if gravy becomes too thick
  12. Put pork chops, onions, and gravy into ovenware.
  13. Bake at 250 for 3-4 hours