A smothered pork chops recipe can be found for a dime a dozen. Almost everyone has favorite toppings they enjoy with their pork chops, and just about everyone seems to think their smothered pork chops recipe is the best pork chop recipe on the planet. But, if you like sour cream and melt-in-your-mouth pork chops, you might soon have a new favorite recipe.
Chops Smothered in Sour Cream
Ingredients You Will Need:
8 pork chops (tenderloin or rib chops with bone)
Garlic sea salt
Coarsely ground fresh pepper
1 cup white flour
2 tablespoons oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium onion, minced
2 bay leaves, crumbled
1 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon parsley
1 cup sour cream
Rinse the chops in cold water, and drain. Place the drained chops on a cookie sheet, and sprinkle with garlic sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Pour the flour into a wide plate or pie pan, and lay each pork chop in the flour. Press with your fingers so that the flour covers all sides of the chop.
Fry the chops in hot oil until brown-about three minutes per side. Place the pork chops in the bottom of a casserole dish, and set aside. Use the reserve oil to sauté the minced garlic, onion and bay leaves. When the onions have nicely browned, add the water and sugar to the pan. When the sugar has dissolved, add the vinegar, parsley and sour cream. Bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, and pour the sauce over the pork chops.
Cover the casserole dish, and bake the pork chops for 90 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. After the first 45 minutes, check often to prevent over baking.
Variations and Sides
If your family loves old-fashioned gravies, smother your chops with a simple recipe for flour gravy. Add a cup of fresh mushrooms to the onion and garlic, and you have yourself another great variation.
By making eight pork chops instead of only four or five, you will have enough for dinner as well as enough for tomorrow's lunch. Baked potatoes are an excellent choice with these smothered pork chops as the sour cream goes well with both. Add a slab of garlic toast to each plate and a spoonful of vegetables. If you prepare a smothered gravy version, go for mashed potatoes instead of baked and for a fresh garden salad instead of cooked veggies. This meal is delicious no matter how you serve it.
If you spend a little more extra time on your pork chops, you can avoid drying out the meat.
When preparing stuffed pork chops recipes, take into consideration the types of foods that complement one another, and you'll soon discover that apples and apricots both go well with pork chops, as does just about any type of bread stuffing.
Fried pork chops are best when added to another dish or smothered in gravy or some other equally delectable sauce. Pork chops are versatile, and other dishes can be improved upon when pan fried chops are part of the equation.