Monday, November 17, 2008

Diner Style Pork Chops and Gravy and A Contest

First the contest, just respond to this post with your all time favorite dish to make for Thanksgiving (post the recipe if you want) and on Friday I'll draw a name to win a package of Ziploc Zip n' Steam bags. There are 7 large bags in the package.
Second the pork chops. I found the recipe in the 30 minute section of December's Cooks Country magazine . I looked at the picture and knew my husband would love the recipe. I was surprised myself when I liked the dish. The kids ate everything put in front of them although I didn't give them gravy. The flavors melded together well and this recipe will be a favorite pork chop recipe of mine. I had never had never used fennel before when cooking gravy so it was a new twist and one that I liked.
8 slices bacon, chopped
4 bone in rib or center cut pork chops about 1 inch thick
salt and pepper
1 onion halved and sliced thin
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground fennel
1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 cups whole milk
1. Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until crisp; about 5 minutes, transfer to paper towel lined plate. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from skillet. Pat chops dry and season with salt and pepper. Cook chops in skillet until well browned and meat registers 145 degrees, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to serving platter and tent with foil.
2. Add onion to fat in skillet and cook, uncovered, until softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in flour, fennel, sage, and cook until flour is absorbed, about 1 minute. Whisk in broth and milk, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce thickened, about 8 minutes. Stir in reserved bacon and any accumulated pork juices and season with salt and pepper. Pour gravy over chops. Serve.

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  1. The pork chops look yummy!
    My favorite dish is my stuffing. My secret is to use milk in place of half of the broth. I think it makes a richer flavor.
    Mmmmm....I can't wait for Thanksgiving!

  2. WOW! Norah, those chops look delicious!

    I'm not cooking for Thanksgiving but this sure sounds like a neat contest. Have FUN!

  3. Yum, that looks good! I think that the stuffing is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I use a recipe out of the Good Housekeeping Illustrated cookbook. It uses rice, sausage, apples,etc.

  4. Yes the chops were very tasty. So much so I am dreaming of the next time I make them.


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