Recipe courtesy of Welton Street Cafe

Smothered Pork Chops

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 1 hr 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Vegetable oil, for frying

2 tablespoons salt 

1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon granulated garlic 

1 tablespoon paprika 

4 thick, center-cut pork chops 

All-purpose flour, for dredging and making gravy

1 small clove fresh garlic, minced 

1/2 small onion, chopped 

Gravy enhancer, such as Kitchen Bouquet, optional 

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in an 8-quart pot to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix salt, pepper, granulated garlic and paprika in a small bowl to make seasoning for pork chops.
  3. Lightly sprinkle pork chops on both sides with the spice mixture. Dredge pork chops in flour, then shake off any excess flour.
  4. Place 2 pork chops in preheated oil and fry until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes on each side (depending on thickness of pork chops). Remove pork chops from pot and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining pork chops.
  5. Drain used oil from pot, but retain flour drippings left over from frying. Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup flour to the pot and return to medium heat. Using a whisk or a spoon, stir the flour. Let ingredients brown to a dark toffee color, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and onions and continue to cook, stirring, until onions are fully coated in browned flour. Slowly add 3 to 4 cups water until gravy reaches your desired thickness. Add gravy enhancer to achieve a deep brown color, if desired. Place drained pork chops in gravy. Let simmer, uncovered, for approximately 15 minutes.