Pork Chops with Beer and Bacon Gravy
- 4 bone-in pork chops, just over 1-inch thick
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle
- 2 thick slices smoky bacon from deli counter, diced 1/4-inch
- 1 medium onion, diced 1/4-inch
- 1 rounded tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 bottle amber to dark German beer
- 1/2 cup stock
- Chopped parsley, for garnish
Season the chops liberally with salt and pepper. Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil smokes, add the chops and cook, turning once, until caramelized and the meat is just turning firm, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to a platter and cover with foil, reserve.
Add a drizzle more oil to the pan, add bacon and brown for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the onions and saute over medium heat with the bacon until soft, 6 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle in flour, stir for 1 minute, then add the beer. Cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes more, then whisk in the stock. Remove from the heat and season with pepper. Pour the gravy over the chops, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello