Friday, March 18, 2011
Smothered Pork Chops
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes (includes 30 minutes simmering time)
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/4 in. pieces
2 T. flour
1 3/4 low sodium chicken broth
2 T. vegetable oil
4 thick cut (BONELESS) pork chops, patted dry with paper towels
2 medium yellow onions, sliced thin
2 T. water
3 medium garlic cloves, minces
1/2 t. fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
2 T. minced fresh parsley leaves
Fry the bacon in a small saucepan over medium heat until lightly browned and fat is rendered, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate and reserve, leaving 2 T of grease in the pan. Remove any extra and supplement with vegetable oil if you don't have enough. Reduce the heat to medium low and whisk in flour until smooth, cooking for about 5 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth in a slow stream and increase the heat to high. Boil and stir occasionally. Cover and remove from heat.
Heat 1 T. oil in a 12 in. skillet over high heat until smoking. While the oil is heating (will take a while) sprinkle the pork chops with 1/2 t. pepper. Brown the chops once the oil has started smoking, and leave for 3 minutes. It will be deeply golden at this time. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, another 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 T. oil, onions, 1/4 t. salt and water to the skillet. Scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring often until the onions are softened and browning, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and thyme, cook for about 30 seconds. Place the chops back in the skillet and cover them with onions. Pour in the sauce, and add the bay leaves. Cover and reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
Transfer the pork chops to a plate and tent with foil. Increase the heat to medium high and simmer rapidly until thickened into a gravy like consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the chops with sauce and serve immediately.
~As per the recommendation of the book, we served these over egg noodles because the sauce paired well with pasta.
~The original recipes has you sprinkle the bacon over top of the pork chops, but B and I found this to be overkill. Save the bacon for topping a salad, soup or baked potato, and enjoy the pork chops as pork chops.
adapted from The New Best Recipe by the editors of Cook's Illustrated