Aug 15, 2011

Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Pork chops. What’s there to say about pork chops?

When cooked right, I like them a lot, especially my honey thyme chops or this easy stir-fry. They’re a great cut of meat but also very unforgiving—it’s real easy to mess them up and you end up with dried out pieces of leather.

Provided you’re not allergic or have religious bans on eating pork, they’re a quick (this one’s on the table in about 15 to 20 minutes) and tasty main course that you can put a lot of flavor into.

It’s pretty difficult to come up with good recipes for them, though, at least I think it is; you have to give them a twist. They’re pretty boring if you don’t. That’s why I jumped at the chance of making this recipe as soon as I laid eyes on it.

 

Ingredients:

4 to 6 pork cops (bone in)
2 shallots
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon
1 or 2 rosemary sprigs
2/3 cup water
1 tsp balsamic
2 oz butter
salt & pepper

 

Directions:

Turn the shallot and 1/2 the lemon in slices. Squeeze the other lemon half and grate the garlic.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Season the pork chops with a royal amount of salt and freshly cracked pepper.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Heat the butter and add the pork chops.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Give the pork, depending on their thickness, 2 to 2 and a half minutes on each side.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Flip them over once. I need a bigger skillet, it gets a bit crowded in there at times.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Add the shallots after you flipped the chops. Give the other side 2 and a half-minute as well.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Next, add the garlic, pour in the lemon juice and water and add the lemon slices.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Use 2 rosemary sprigs if you like your dishes heavy on herbs. Stick to 1 sprig if you don’t.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and braise them for 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

 
Remove the pork chops from the pan, cover them with aluminum foil and let them rest. This is a pretty important step for pork chops no matter how they are prepared.
 

Remove the lemon slices and rosemary from the gravy. That leaves you with this onion and garlic sauce. Let’s flavor it.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Add a few drops -a teaspoon or so- balsamic and some salt and pepper.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

 
I have a thing for acidic dishes. If you don’t but you do want to try this recipe and feel the need to balance the flavors, you might want to try adding a bit of honey or sugar.
 

Turn up the heat and cook it over medium heat for 10 minutes, until cooked down to a medium-thick gravy.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Kinda like this.
Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy

Spoon the sauce with the onions all over the pork chops. Garnish with the lemon slices and rosemary.
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* recipe adapted from AH magazine.

Pork Chops & Lemon Gravy
Ingredients
    4 to 6 pork cops (bone in)
    2 shallots
    2 garlic cloves
    1 lemon
    1 or 2 rosemary sprigs
    2/3 cup water
    1 tsp balsamic
    2 oz butter
    salt & pepper
Directions
    Turn the shallot and 1/2 the lemon in slices. Squeeze the other lemon half and grate the garlic. Seaosn the pork chops with salt and pepper.

    Heat the butter and cook the pork chops over medium heat. Give both sides two a half minutes. Flip them over once, and add the shallows while you’re baking the other side.

    Add the garlic, pour in the lemon juice and water and add the lemon slices and rosemary. Bring it to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until tender.

    Remove the pork chops, lemon slices and rosemary from the pan, cover the pork chops with aluminum foil and let them rest. Add a few drops -a teaspoon or so- balsamic and some salt and pepper to the gravy.

    Turn up the heat and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, until cooked down to a medium thick gravy. Spoon the sauce with the onions all over the pork chops. Garnish with the lemon slices and rosemary.
Meal type: main course, meat, pork
Servings: 4 to 6
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