Cristi Hinten's Note:
I found this on Pinterest and made a few alterations to it. Includes make ahead freezer directions.
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- 3 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 3 slices)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups canned low sodium chicken broth
- vegetable oil
- 4 pork chops, bone-in 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
- ground black pepper
- 2 medium yellow onions, halved pole to pole and sliced thin (about 3 1/2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 medium garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leave
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh fresh parsley leaves, plus some (to garnish)
- 1Fry bacon in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving fat in saucepan (you should have 2 tablespoons bacon fat; if not, supplement with vegetable oil). Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually whisk flour into fat until smooth. Cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is light brown, about the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth in slow, steady stream; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cover and set aside off heat.
- 2Heat 1-tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over high heat until smoking, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, dry pork chops with paper towels and sprinkle with 1/2-teaspoon pepper. Brown chops in single layer until deep golden on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip chops and cook until browned on second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to large plate and set aside.
- 3Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon oil, onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and water to now-empty skillet. Using wooden spoon, scrape browned bits on pan bottom and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and browned around the edges, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer.
- 4Return chops to skillet in single layer, covering chops with onions. Pour in warm sauce and any juices collected from pork; add bay leaves. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until pork is tender and paring knife inserted into chops meets very little resistance, about 30 minutes.
- 5Transfer chops to warmed serving platter and tent with foil. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer sauce rapidly, stirring frequently, until thickened to gravy-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves, stir in parsley, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Cover chops with sauce, and serve immediately.
- 6* MAKE AHEAD FREEZER DIRECTIONS- Instead of returning chops to the skillet as noted above, place chops in single layer into an oven- and freezer-proof baking dish, covering chops with onions and reserved bacon. Pour in warm sauce and any juices collected from pork; add bay leaves. Allow to cool completely before covering and freezing. When ready to prepare, defrost completely. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place baking dish uncovered in preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes until pork is tender and paring knife inserted into chops meets very little resistance, about 30 minutes. Continue by transferring the chops to a warmed serving platter and following the last step as noted above.
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Nutritional Facts for Smothered Pork Chops
Serving Size: 1 (394 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 491.0
- Calories from Fat 254
- Total Fat 28.2 g
- Saturated Fat 9.3 g
- Cholesterol 151.7 mg
- Sodium 321.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 10.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
- Sugars 2.5 g
- Protein 46.9 g