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Monday, September 19, 2011

Country Fried Pork Chops and Gravy

Since Phillip retired, he has created a few recipes of his own and this is one that  I request for supper from time to time.  Country Fried Pork Chops and Gravy truly is a comfort food.  Comfort food for those of us in the deep south usually means that it's covered in gravy and delicious!  Cooking the pork chops in a crock pot on high for six hours is very important.  The pork chops become so tender that you don't need a knife.  They will pull apart with a fork.    Have a comfort food supper soon!

                                            Country Fried Pork Chops and Gravy

8 boneless, thick cut pork chops
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup of Crisco Oil
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
2 cups Martha White self-rising flour

Trim pork chops of any fat, if desired.  Rinse pork chops.  Combine flour, salt, and pepper.  Dredge pork chops in flour.  Cover completely with flour.  Heat oil in iron skillet to medium.    Place 4 pork chops in skillet.  Brown on each side and then place on platter lined with a paper towel for drainage.  Repeat process with next 4 pork chops.  Reduce heat to medium low, add chopped onions; stir and cook onions until clear.  Add the rest of the flour mixture that you used for the pork chops to the skillet.  You want this mixture of flour, oil, and onions to be thick.  If not thick enough, add additional flour.  You will need a large amount of gravy to cover and cook the pork chops in.  Move this thick mixture out of the skillet into a large pot such as a dutch oven.   Begin adding warm water, stirring quickly with a whisk, over medium heat.  The gravy will thicken quickly and you will need additional water.  Stir often with whisk.  You will add water until you get the gravy to a creamy consistency.   Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook for at least 10 to 15 minutes to be certain you do not need additional water to keep the cream consistency.  Pour half of the gravy into the crock pot.  Add pork chops.  Pour the rest of the gravy over the pork chops.  This keeps the pork chops from sticking to the sides and bottom of the crock pot.  Do not stir and do not remove lid of crock pot.  Cook on high setting for 6 hours. 

Serve with rice, peas, and biscuits or bread.  Phillip says that you have to have bread for sopping gravy.  Yes, I married a country boy.

Note:  He always trims the pork chops of any fat.

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