Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sloppy Chops on a bed of Asparagus

Are you afraid of making pork because it can be tough and flavorless?
I think that is a common fear... here is a recipe you can't mess up. The end result with give you a tender pork chop full of flavor.

I was playing in my kitchen like a chopped contestant (as usual :) and I came up with this sloppy chops dish inspired by a recipe from my mother. She used to add water to a pan with seared chops and slow cook them until tender. Here is my take on the recipe.
Slice one medium-large onion and sauté in  a little butter with salt and pepper.
 Turn your stovetop to medium heat and spray a large pan with a little cooking spray.
Season your chops with salt and pepper and a dash of dried thyme powder on both sides, and add to the hot pan. Once you drop the chop DO NOT MOVE IT. The key here is to get a good crust by searing each side.

Note: I always use bone in pork chops because they have so much more flavor.

See that beautiful browning going on? OH YEAH

Next, take a large glass of water and add a few tablespoons of Instant Brown Gravy mix.
(I know what your thinking... add beef gravy mix to pork? Yes. It sounds crazy, but try it!)


Once you have browned both sides of your Pork Chops, turn the heat to low and pour the gravy mix over the top. (Its going to splash and steam a little from the hot pan but just keep pouring!)

Now add your sautéed onions on top and cover with a lid.

 Keep heat on low-med heat and let the pork chops simmer for at least 1 hour covered.

Next remove some of your juice add a little corn starch to it to make a thicker brown gravy sauce to go on top.
Now, start your asparagus. Wash them and chop the ends off. Add them to a hot pan with melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.

Once they are softened, add some grated parmesan cheese on top. Toss consistently until cheese is lightly browned. Remove from pan and plate. Add your Pork chop and gravy on top.

Doesn't it look beautiful?

I hope this recipe inspired you try some pork chops for your family! It's a favorite at our house!
Note: This recipe can easily be made Gluten Free as long as the brown gravy mix you use does not contain any gluten.
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