Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
Stephen's Pork Chop Dinner in a Pan This recipe can easily be expanded. Recently, with 8 chops, 4 potatoes and 2 cans of sauerkraut, we fed 5 at dinner and had enough leftovers for some lunches.
- 4 pieces pork loin chops with bone (1/4-1/2-inch)
- 2 large idaho baking potatoes
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can sauerkraut (I use the Silver Floss brand)
- Worcestershire sauce (I use Lea & Perrins)
- dark brown sugar (I use Dixie Crystal)
- Peel potatoes and julienne them i.e. cut into slices about 1/8 - 1/4" wide (I use an old Vegamatic slicer that has a julienne setting on it. It makes the whole job faster and easier.
- I usually cut the baker in half before putting through the Vegamatic.) Trim any fat from the chops and fry the fat pieces in an electric skillet while it's preheating to 360 degrees(This greases the bottom of the pan and makes chitlin's - there is less fat on chops nowdays than in my Dad's day, who designed this dish.
- He used to serve them as appetizers to whomever was watching his kitchen wizardry.
- Now there's just enough to grease the pan). Brown the chops quickly on both sides.
- Sprinkle liberally with Worcestershire sauce while doing this.
- Turn heat down to 300°F.
- Add enough hot water to cover the chops about 1/4 of the way up.
- Now layer the julienned potatoes over the top of the chops.
- Then add enough more hot water mixed with (oh, say a tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce to cover the chops about 1/2 way up.
- Pour directly over the potatoes so they look a little brown from the water/Worcestershire mix.
- Cover and leave for about 25-30 minutes.
- When you return, flip the chops on top of the potatoes.
- The water should be gone or almost, so you need to add another 1/4-1/2 cup of hot water - enough to cover the bottom of the electric skillet to keep the potatoes from burning.
- Cover again and lower heat to 250-275°F.
- Leave another 20 minutes.
- Now switch the chops to the bottom of the pan with potatoes layered above. The potatoes may be quite brown by this time and the chops should be getting softer and ready to cut with a fork.
- Add a little more water if needed.
- If the potatoes and chops still aren't done enough, just turn up the heat and cook a little more. Drain all the juice from the can of sauerkraut and spread over the potatoes.
- Sprinkle liberally with brown sugar.
- Check often during the next 15 minutes to see when the brown sugar melts.
- Mix it around into the kraut and potatoes and flip the chops around to get some too.
- The dish is done when the chops tear apart to a fork and potatoes are soft. I like the chops falling apart and I have all the water cooked off.
- This dish serves two or more depending on appetites.
- Serve with the kraut and potatoes mixed up together and add cold applesauce as a side. Good summer dish because the electric skillet keeps the temperature down in the kitchen.
This was tasty but a lot of work.