Smothered Pork Chops

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

5 end-cut pork chops, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth

2 tablespoons spicy mustard

2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves

Iceberg Wedge Salad, recipe follows, for serving

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing:

1 head iceberg lettuce

4 slices bacon

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat an ovenproof skillet over high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper, to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil to the pan. Add the pork chops and sear on both sides until golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. In same skillet over medium heat add the remaining tablespoon of canola oil, the onions and mushrooms and saute until slightly softened. Add the flour and cumin and cook until lightly golden in color. Stir in the chicken broth and mustard, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the parsley and return all but 1 pork chop back into skillet. Reserve the 1 pork chop for Round 2 Recipe Pork Cabbage Wraps. Season with salt and pepper and spoon the gravy over the pork chops. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until pork chops are cooked through. Transfer to serving plates and serve with the Iceberg Wedge Salad.

Iceberg Wedge Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing:

  1. Remove the core from the lettuce and cut into 4 quarters. Arrange on serving plates and set aside.
  2. In a small skillet saute bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet, to a plate lined with a paper bag or paper towels. Once cooled, chop into small pieces and add to a small bowl. In the skillet over low heat, add the brown sugar, vinegar and salt and pepper, to taste. Whisk together until combined and sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the egg and bacon and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour over the top of the iceberg wedges and serve immediately.
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