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Wednesday, October 22 2008

Looking for authentic Southern fried pork chop recipes? The best ones deliver homestyle chops that are juicy and tender on the inside, but crusty on the outside. Southern cooks have been putting pork chops on the table for decades, but you don't have to be an expert with a cookbook full of fried pork chop recipes to get started. Here's an easy one that will get you licking your lips for more. For extra Southern style, include the traditional rich cream gravy.

4 to 6 pork chops, about 1/2 in. thick
salt and pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp. flour
1 to 2 cups whole milk or buttermilk
1/2 tsp. browning sauce, such as Kitchen Bouquet
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Wash pork chops and trim the excess fat. Sprinkle the chops lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet until it is hot and smoking. Brown the chops on both sides; then drain on paper towels. Pour off most of the oil, but reserve 2 tbsp. of the drippings in the skillet to make the gravy.

Add the flour to the drippings in the skillet, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Cook about 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Slowly and gradually add the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Stir in the browning sauce, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Add the browned pork chops to the cream gravy. Cover and cook over low heat about 45 minutes. Turn the chops a couple of times.

Many Southern fried pork chop recipes include a pinch of crushed red pepper for extra fire. You can also add garlic powder or try using a meat seasoning dry rub in place of the salt and pepper.

If you want to cook a larger number of chops, you'll need to fry in batches. Too many chops in the skillet will lower the cooking temperature of the oil. You'll get chops that are greasy and unevenly cooked.

You can also find healthier versions of fried pork chop recipes. Here's one to make in the oven. It's easy and delicious.

4 center-cut pork chops
1 egg
3 tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
cooking spray

Trim the fat from the chops. Combine the egg, milk and seasonings. Dip the chops in the egg mixture and dredge in breadcrumbs. Place chops on a rack in a pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until done, turning once.

For barbecued pork chops, just substitute a barbecue dry rub for the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. When the chops are almost done, pour about a cup of barbecue sauce over them. Offer extra barbecue sauce on the side.

Serve the chops with creamed corn, mashed potatoes to soak up the extra gravy, homemade buttermilk biscuits and sliced tomatoes fresh from the garden.

Posted by: Send a Meal AT 09:23 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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