Meat and Potatoes

Country Fried Smothered Pork Chops

Growing up my mom used to bake pork chops in the oven a lot. It was fast, convenient, and it was cheap. With a family involved in all sorts of after school activities, I can understand why she served us hard and dry hockey pucks but this encouraged my strong dislike for any type of pork chops. (Sorry Mom!) One hidden blessing that my boyfriend has brought to the relationship is his love of pork chops. I didn’t want to even attempt any type of chop but love wins again and I tried this recipe. Needless to say I fell in love with pork chops again with this recipe. I made some minor adjustments to really bring out the flavor of the chops and gravy so I hope you enjoy! This recipe goes great with mashed potatoes and a vegetable making it a good home cooked southern meal.

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Country Fried Smothered Pork Chops

Cook time is less than an hour but dependent upon how long you want the chops to sit and crisp before frying and how long it takes you to whip up that gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large boneless pork chops
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tbs kosher salt (I used regular salt and it turned out amazing)
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 3 large eggs, whisk them up!
  • 1 qt oil (for frying them SOBs)

GRAVY TIME BABY!:

  • 1/4 cup of the flour mix from the chops (I will explain)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 pinch salt

HOW TO-

  1. Prepare the chops by cutting off excess fat and pound them to an even thickness with a meat cleaver until they are about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. This step is especially important because you want them to cook evenly in the pan. Pork is tricky and you don’t want to get sick from under cooking it.
  2. Mix flour, paprika, salt, and pepper together. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl and add a few tbs of water to the eggs to make sure they are not super thick.
  3. Work one chop at a time. First cover the chop in the dry mixture completely and press it into the meat. Then transfer it into the eggs and once again completely cover the chop to make the whole chop wet. Make sure you don’t leave it sitting in the eggs for too long though because your original flour layer will come off. Drip dry and put it back in the dry mix. This last step of dry mix is the most important. Make sure you press the mix completely into the chop and that all places are covered. This effects how the chop fries and if you want a nice crispy chop, it depends on how well you bread the damn thing.
  4. Once covered, set on a drying rack for 5 minutes or so. This allows the flour/egg mix to crispen and harden just a bit so it will hold up better against the hot oil.
  5. FRYING TIME! Add enough oil to a pan (cast iron preferred) to where half of the chop is completely submerged in the oil while it’s frying. HEAT IT UP BABY! Heat just the oil in the pan until it is completely hot. You can test it’s readiness by taking just a sprinkling of the flour mixture and dropping it into the pan. If it sizzles and pops, IT’S READY! Fry each chop for 5-6 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. Use closer to 6 minutes for the thicker chops.
  6. Remove chops to a drying rack again or paper towel covered plate to drain.

GRAVY TRAIN:

  1. When you are all done frying your chops, empty out all the oil from the skillet except roughly two tbs. The oil will be super hot obviously so don’t pour it into anything that will melt. This will result in you being dubbed the Dumbass of today’s cooking lesson.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the previous flour mixture to the oil and whisk making a roux. When the roux is done it should be a roasted almond color and a sticky paste. Almost play-doh consistency folks! Should take less than 2 minutes to get this.
  3. Once the roux is done slowly add the milk. If you add it too quickly the roux will not mix properly with the milk and your gravy will be super chunky. Some like chunky gravy but your flavor won’t be evenly distributed causing some parts to be bland. YUCK!
  4. After your gravy is nice and smooth, feel free to add your extra salt and pepper but make sure you taste it first! Because you used the flour from earlier you already have other spices and such in the gravy so make sure you taste it before adding even more!

Serve your chops slathered and smothered in your new home made gravy and eat yourself into an uncomfortable state of fattness. This gravy will also taste amazing on some mashed potatoes to help add to the food baby you will be making in your belly. I hope you enjoy! Share it if you liked it and comment if you’ve tried it(:

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