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Smothered Baked Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops are a classic American dish that is easy to make and full of delicious flavor. Thick-cut pork chops are covered in a perfect, savory gravy with onions and mushrooms. So good!

A good pork chop is as delicious and juicy as your favorite steak. Once you try this recipe, you will be hooked. These chops are tender and flavorful. They’re great, too, because they’re easy to make, and everyone will love them.

it is believed that smothered pork chops originated in the Southern United States, where they were a popular and affordable way to prepare pork. The term “smothered” refers to the cooking technique of slow-cooking the pork chops in a flavorful liquid, such as broth or gravy, which helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with rich, savory flavors. Over time, this simple and satisfying dish has become a staple of Southern cuisine, and it continues to be enjoyed by many people around the world.

This smothered pork chop recipe calls for searing of your pork chops in a skillet, then allowing them to finish cooking in the oven. While they cook, you will caramelize your onions, saute your mushrooms, and prepare the gravy that your chops will be smothered in. Simple but amazing. The temptation to eat everyone else’s pork chops might arise, but you’re better than that. Keep calm and make more pork chops.

There are four different cuts of pork chops that you can purchase. Each cut has different characteristics, but all of them can be used in pork chop recipes. Whichever cut you purchase, it is advisable that you buy one that is 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick as they cook more evenly and are less likely to dry out. It is very easy to overcook a thinly sliced pork chop. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ingredients:

2 pounds pork chops (bone-in adds extra flavor)
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons salted butter
5 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions:

Prep the Chops: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a baking dish and season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides before arranging them in the dish.

Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, garlic, honey, rosemary, and butter. Pop this mixture into the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the butter melts completely. Stir well to combine everything into a smooth sauce.

Dress the Chops: Pour half of your honey-mustard mixture over the chops, spreading it evenly with the back of a spoon. Flip the chops and repeat with the remaining sauce, ensuring they’re well coated.

Bake to Perfection: Slide the baking dish into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You’re aiming for the pork chops to be beautifully cooked through and tender.

Serve with Style: Once done, plate the pork chops with a generous spoonful of the rich sauce from the baking dish.

These Smothered Baked Pork Chops are not just a meal; they’re a comfort food experience that invites relaxation and contentment. Serve up this delightful dish with your chosen sides and watch as it becomes a new favorite in your home cooking repertoire. Enjoy the richness of each bite and the stories that unfold around your dinner table.

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