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Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

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Welcome to our hearty meals section! Today, we’re sharing a comforting and flavorful recipe for Smothered Pork Chops. These pork chops are seasoned with a blend of spices, seared to perfection, and then smothered in a rich and creamy sauce with onions and potatoes. Perfect for a family dinner, this dish is sure to be a hit. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 6 boneless thick-cut loin pork chops
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups potatoes, sliced very thin (mandoline recommended)
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) cream of mushroom soup

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Pork Chops

  1. Mix Spices: In a small bowl, combine the paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, dried thyme, and adobo seasoning.
  2. Season Pork Chops: Rub the spice mixture evenly over both sides of the pork chops. Set aside.

Step 2: Sear the Pork Chops

  1. Heat Butter: In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Sear Pork Chops: Add the seasoned pork chops to the skillet and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned. Remove the pork chops from the skillet and set aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Sauté Onions and Garlic: In the same skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the sliced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Potatoes: Add the thinly sliced potatoes to the skillet and stir to combine with the onions and garlic.

Step 4: Assemble and Cook

  1. Add Soup: Stir in the can of cream of mushroom soup, mixing well with the onions, garlic, and potatoes.
  2. Layer Pork Chops: Nestle the seared pork chops back into the skillet on top of the potato mixture.
  3. Cover and Simmer: Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the pork chops are cooked through and the potatoes are tender.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Garnish: Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  2. Serve Hot: Serve the smothered pork chops hot, with the creamy onion and potato mixture. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Pork Chops: Use thick-cut pork chops for best results. Thin chops may cook too quickly and dry out.
  • Potato Slicing: A mandoline slicer ensures uniform, thin slices, which helps the potatoes cook evenly.
  • Soup Substitute: If you prefer, you can use cream of chicken or cream of celery soup instead of cream of mushroom.

Variations

Spicy Smothered Pork Chops

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the spice mixture for a spicy kick.

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Cheesy Smothered Pork Chops

Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the pork chops during the last 10 minutes of cooking for a cheesy twist.

Herb-Infused Smothered Pork Chops

Add fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or parsley to the onion and potato mixture for added freshness and flavor.

Vegetable Smothered Pork Chops

Add sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini to the onion and potato mixture for a vegetable-packed version.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use bone-in pork chops?

Yes, bone-in pork chops can be used. Adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure the pork chops are cooked through.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Can I freeze this dish?

Yes, you can freeze the cooked pork chops and potato mixture. Allow to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

What can I serve with smothered pork chops?

This dish pairs well with a side of steamed vegetables, a fresh green salad, or crusty bread to soak up the creamy sauce.

How do I prevent the pork chops from drying out?

Ensure the pork chops are thick-cut and do not overcook them. Searing them quickly before simmering helps to lock in the juices.

These Smothered Pork Chops are a comforting and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With tender pork chops, creamy potatoes, and a rich onion sauce, they’re sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious meal with your loved ones!