Thursday, April 30, 2009

Milk-Braised Pork Chops

When I first saw this recipe on Kalyn's website, I though it sounded like pork chops with milk gravy. The ingredients are the same - sautéed pork chops, milk, flour. But since the dish is cooked for a long period of time, covered, and over low heat, the results are completely different. The chops come out extremely tender, and instead of a thick, milk gravy, the liquid is translucent with separated milk solids in it (sounds weird but tastes great).

Milk-Braised Pork Chops
from Kalyn Denny of Kalyn's Kitchen

4 boneless pork loin chops, about 1 inch thick
2 tablespoons flour or 100% whole wheat pastry flour (use whole wheat flour for South Beach)
½ teaspoon salt (or less if using Pork Chop Seasoning)
fresh ground black pepper to taste
½ teaspoon Penzeys Pork Chop Seasoning (I used Spike seasoning)
1 ½ cups milk
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Trim all fat from pork chops. Use meat mallet or something heavy to pound pork chops slightly until they are an even thickness and about 3/4 inch thick. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and pork chop seasoning in shallow bowl. One at a time, lightly dredge pork chops in the mixture, shaking off any extra. Wisk 1/2 cup milk into the flour left in the bowl. Heat oil and melt butter in heavy frying pan big enough to hold all the pork chops. Add pork and brown well, about 3 minutes per side. Pour out most of the pan drippings, add 1/2 cup milk mixed with flour, reduce heat to low and simmer covered 30 minutes, stirring a few times. Turn pork chops over, and add the remaining one cup milk, wisking to combine if needed. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more, again, stirring a few times. Uncover skillet and if there is a lot of liquid, cook a few minutes more until reduced to about 1/4 cup. (This will depend on how tightly your pan lid fits.) Serve hot, spooning the milk gravy over the pork.

We had this with brown rice - something I'll be eating more of as I wean myself off potatoes. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

1 comment:

Kalyn said...

Glad you liked it!