When’s the last time you made pork chops for dinner? If you’re anything like us, you might not pull this cut of meat out as often because it can be tricky to cook right. While a well-prepared pork chop has great flavor and can strike the perfect balance between textured and juicy, an overdone pork chop can be dry, chewy and pretty unpleasant. As with all things, the trick is in knowing how to prepare it so it comes out perfectly.
Fortunately, we have a recipe that will take all the guesswork out of your pork chop preparation. Rather than cooking these cuts on the stove or the grill, why not simply use your slow cooker? That’s right, today’s recipe is for a tasty pork chop and gravy recipe that will basically cook itself. The results are guaranteed to please—all you need to do is apply your seasoning, set it and forget it. So let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 pounds of pork chops
- 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons of salt (divided)
- 2 teaspoons of black pepper (divided)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 1 large chopped onion
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 1 cup of half and half
- 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
- 1/2 a celery stalk, finely chopped
- fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Here’s what you do:
1. To start, get your pork chops ready by patting them down with paper towels to dry them off. Once you’re satisfied, season both sides of the pork with a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper. Pat or rub the seasoning in as needed to make sure it sticks to the pork.
2. After that, get a big Ziploc bag and mix your flour and cumin together. Add your pork chops to the bag and zip it up, shaking it thoroughly to make sure they get coated in seasoning. When they’re ready, open the bag and shake the excess off of the pork chops. Keep the bag of flour for later in the recipe.
3. In the meantime, get a large skillet and add in your vegetable oil. Get it hot and drop your pork chops in, frying each one for about 30 seconds on each side. Take them out once they’re done.
4. In the same pan, turn the heat down to medium and melt your butter. Add in the chopped onion and cook until they turn translucent. Add in your celery and garlic at that stage and cook it all for another minute. Add your extra flour as well and cook everything until it browns, being careful not to burn the flour. Add your chicken broth and scrape the pan before adding half and half. Season it with additional salt and pepper to taste.
5. Finally, drop your pork chops and gravy in the slow cooker and cover it up. Set it on low for six hours or on high for three. At the end of the time, check that the meat is cooked and garnish with fresh parsley!
As you can see, this recipe is easy to put together as the majority of it cooks in the slow cooker while you’re not watching it. Searing the pork chops and making the gravy is all you’ll need to do before dropping everything in and letting it cook. As an added note, the time needed to cook your pork chops may vary depending on how thick they are. If you have thinner pieces of meat, check them after one to two hours to see how they’re doing. As always, have fun and let us know what you think!
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Source: Cooktop Cove