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Crispy Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Gravy

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The past Friday night, I was struggling with what to fix for supper. I hadn’t been to the grocery store yet and really needed something to use up some center cut pork chops. I did not want the typical pork dinner and my husband happened to mention he had seen a recipe in the current “Southern Living Magazine.” I did not have all of the ingredients, so I adapted it to what I had on hand and our personal taste.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE BROWNED FLOUR:
  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • FOR THE PORK CHOPS:
  • 5 slices White Sandwich Bread
  • 4  Boneless, Center Cut Pork Chops
  • 1-½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1-½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 4  Egg Whites, Beaten
  • 4-½ Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • FOR THE GRAVY:
  • ½ cups Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Canola Oil
  • ¼ cups Browned Flour
  • 1-½ cup Skim Milk
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

Preparation

For the browned flour:
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a 12 inch diameter cast iron skillet, spread the all purpose flour into an even layer. Toast it in the oven for 28 minutes, stirring every 7 minutes. During the last 7 minute segment, keep a close eye on it. You want the flour to be light brown (tan) but not burned. Remove pan from the oven and spoon flour into a bowl to cool.

*Note: To store the remaining browned flour, store in an airtight container (I used a zip top bag) in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. This is great for any pan gravy you want to make. It adds a nice toasty flavor without a lot of fat in the pan for browning the rue.

For the crispy pork chops:
1. Place the sandwich bread slices on a baking pan and place in the 400 F oven. Allow to toast for approximately 5 minutes and then turn and brown the other side for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 200 F.
2. While the bread is toasting, place each pork chop between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound to 1/8 inch thickness. I do not own a meat mallet so this is when I break out my rolling pin and get out some aggression! Lay the pork chops on a baking pan and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
3. Using a food processor with blade attachment, grind the toasted bread until flaky crumbs appear. Pour the crumbs into a shallow dish and add the remaining salt and pepper as well as Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.
4. Create an assembly line: shallow dish #1 with 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, shallow dish #2 with 4 beaten egg whites, shallow dish #3 with bread crumb mixture, and then have 2 baking dishes with a wire rack inside (you’ll use one for placing the coated chops on until cooking and you’ll use the other for placing the fried chops on). Run each flattened and seasoned chop through the dishes in that order (#1, #2, #3) making sure to coat well on both sides. You will need to use your hands to press the breadcrumbs into the chops. Allow coated chops to sit on the wire rack until ready to cook.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil. Have another bowl with 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil sitting beside the skillet with a basting brush. (I will explain in a minute.)
6. When the oil in the pan is hot, place 2 chops in the pan at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes. Brush the top with some of the reserved oil and then flip to cook for another 3 minutes. Remove from the skillet and place on the other baking sheet with a wire rack. Place the baking sheet in the oven at 200 F to keep the pork chops warm.
7. Repeat the process with and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in the pan to cook the remaining 2 pork chops.
8. Keep the cooked chops in the 200 F oven while preparing the gravy.

For the caramelized onion gravy:
1. In a saucepan, combined the oil and onion over medium heat. Allow onions to brown for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you notice the onions cooking too fast, reduce the heat. We are caramelizing the onions, not frying them!
2. Add 1/4 cup of the browned flour and stir to combine and coat the onions.
3. Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure to stir constantly.
4. Add salt and pepper and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve over pork chops and mashed potatoes.

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ajb530 on 1.27.2013

This was excellent. Made it tonight and both my husband and I enjoyed it. I skipped the homemade bread crumbs and used store bought italian crumbs and needed to add a bit more milk to the gravy as was a little thick for our liking. Served it with green beans and wild rice. Will definitely be adding this to the rounds. Thanks for a great idea!!

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