Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops is a classic Southern comfort food dish that’s perfect for dinner. This recipe features tender, juicy pork chops that are smothered in a rich and flavorful gravy, made with sautéed onions, garlic, and mushrooms.

To make this dish, start by seasoning the pork chops with salt, pepper, and paprika, and then searing them in a hot skillet until browned on both sides. Set the pork chops aside and sauté onions, garlic, and mushrooms in the same skillet until they’re softened and fragrant. Then, add flour to the skillet to create a roux, and slowly whisk in chicken broth until the mixture thickens into a gravy. Return the pork chops to the skillet, cover them with the gravy, and let them simmer until cooked through and tender.

This Smothered Pork Chops recipe is easy to make and packed with flavor. Serve it with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, green beans, or cornbread, for a satisfying and delicious meal.

Smothered Pork Chops
1 pound (500g) bone-in pork chops,* about 3/4-1 inch thick.
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
pinch of salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
3/4 cup buttermilk or heavy cream
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels to remove any moisture. Season pork chops with garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, seasoning salt, pepper and olive oil.
Dredge each chop in the flour; shake off the excess and KEEP THE REMAINING FLOUR.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet or pan over medium heat. When hot, fry the pork chops in a single layer on each side until golden browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Remove pork chops from the pan and keep warm.
In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
Add in sliced onions and add a pinch of salt. Cook while stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes. (Add in 1 tablespoon of the chicken broth if the pan becomes too dry.)
Add the garlic and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add 2 tablespoons of the remaining flour to the pan. Mix the flour into the onions and cook to dissolve, about 2 minutes.
Pour in the chicken broth, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the liquid reduce and thicken slightly, about 2 minutes.
Whisk in the buttermilk (or cream) and simmer for 1-2 minutes until thick and creamy.
Return the pork chops to the pan. Coat them in the sauce and let simmer until the pork is completely cooked through, about 5 minutes (or until the pork is cooked to your desired doneness). (The sauce will continue to thicken due the coating on the pork. If too thick, add a little cream or broth to thin out until reaching your desired consistency.)
Taste test and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with the chopped parsley before serving. Serve warm.

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