Smothered Pork Chops… how I love thee! Pan-seared, bone-in pork chops… baked until tender, and smothered in a rich, thick onion gravy… how could I NOT love you?
I found this recipe in a cookbook I got for my birthday. The photo in the cookbook LOOKED really good, and the recipe sounded wonderful, so I gave it a try. Wow… were the finished pork chops YUMMY! Tender and packed with flavor, this dinner was a winner!
There are a few steps involved in making this, but it’s actually easy to prepare if you prep everything before beginning, and you will LOVE the finished dish! The recipe, as written, serves two, but is EASILY doubled. Here’s how to make this delicious pork dish:
Preheat oven to 300° F. While oven is preheating, mix paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel, then rub both sides with spice mix, to evenly cover meat.
Place the oil in an ovenproof 10 inch skillet. Heat oil on medium-high heat until it just begins to smoke. Place chops into skillet and cook each side 3-5 minutes until well browned. Transfer the chops to a plate and keep warm. Do NOT clean out skillet.
Add butter to skillet and melt (on medium heat). Add onion slices; cook for 8-10 minutes until well browned.
Once onions have browned fully, stir the thyme and minced garlic into the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
Add 1/2 cup beef broth (reserve the remaining Tablespoon of broth called for in recipe) and the bay leaf to the skillet. Stir well, making sure to scrape up all those browned bits from the bottom of the skillet (flavor-packed!). Bring this liquid mixture to a simmer.
Place the chops (and any juices that have accumulated on the plate) back into the skillet. Spoon a bit of the sauce over the chops. Cover the skillet, and place into the preheated oven. Bake for 1½ hours, until the pork is tender.
When pork chops are done, carefully remove hot skillet from oven. Place the chops onto a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the liquid from the skillet through a strainer into a medium bowl. Throw away the bay leaf, then place the remaining onions into a small bowl. (As you can see from the photo, those are the onions in the strainer, and the liquid has been strained through, into the bowl below the strainer)
Let the liquid settle for a couple minutes, then remove any accumulated fat from the surface of the liquid with a large spoon. Measure out 1/3 cup of the liquid and put it back into the (still hot) skillet. Bring this to a low simmer.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining Tablespoon of beef broth and the cornstarch until smooth. Add this mixture to the skillet, and whisk to combine. The sauce will thicken slightly as you continue to cook and stir, for about a minute. Once slightly thickened, add the onions to the sauce, then season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
Spoon the sauce over the pork chops, and serve! The meat should be extremely tender, and incredibly flavorful!
I hope you will consider making this recipe. We absolutely LOVED it! Don’t be put off by the low and slow baking time… this is what makes the chops so very tender! I was able to get the dishes cleaned up and make the side dishes while it baked, with no time constraints! I’m very grateful to have found this recipe, and thankful to be able to share it with YOU!
Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook: “The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook, Published 2014 by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen, pages 151-152.
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (each) salt and pepper
- 1/8 teapoon cayenne pepper
- 2 (8-10 ounce) bone-in pork chops (about 3/4-1 inch thick)
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 brown onion , halved (top to bottom), sliced thin
- 1 garlic clove , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme OR 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 300° F. Mix paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel, then rub both sides with spice mix, to evenly cover meat.
- Heat oil in an ovenproof 10 inch skillet on medium-high heat until it barely begins to smoke. Place chops into skillet and cook each side 3-5 minutes until well browned. Transfer chops to a plate; keep warm. Do NOT clean out skillet.
- Add butter to same skillet; melt using medium heat. Add onion slices; cook for 8-10 minutes until well browned. Once browned, stir thyme and garlic into skillet. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup beef broth (reserve remaining Tablespoon broth called for in recipe) and bay leaf to skillet. Stir well, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet (flavor-packed!). Bring to a simmer.
- Place chops (and any juices accumulated on plate) back into skillet. Spoon sauce over chops. Cover skillet, and place into oven. Bake for 1½ hours, until pork is tender.
- When done, carefully remove hot skillet from oven. Place chops onto a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the liquid from skillet through a strainer into a medium bowl. Throw away the bay leaf, then place onions into a small bowl. Let liquid in bowl settle a couple minutes, then remove any accumulated fat from surface with a spoon.
- Measure out 1/3 cup of the liquid; put it back into skillet. Bring to a low simmer. In a small bowl, whisk the reserved Tablespoon of beef broth and cornstarch until smooth. Add this to skillet, and whisk to combine. The sauce will thicken slightly as you cook and stir, for about a minute. Once slightly thickened, stir onions back into to sauce; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chops on plate, and spoon sauce over the top. Serve, and enjoy!
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