My mom always mixed it up with a little of both. I still appreciate that we never really ate the same things over and over, and hopefully, my kids feel the same way now!
Smothered pork chops are a family favorite and this recipe is especially easy because it uses the crock pot. Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes!Up until about 3 months ago, I didn’t know what smothered pork chops were.
Tender and juicy, these Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops are truly the BEST slow cooker pork chops ever! Cooked in a sweet and zesty sauce, topped with onions and fresh herbs, the thick boneless pork chops are a family-friendly dinner for busy nights!
Lately, I have found the pre-made seasoning to be overly salty and when you combine this with other convenience ingredients, such as soups and gravy mixes, the meal becomes a sodium-loaded nightmare. Therefore, I insist on making my own. That way, I can control the salt and/or leave it out entirely. Lately, it’s been the latter. The recipe for my favorite mix is in the recipe ingredient list.
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 thin pork chops
2 Tbsp bacon fat
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups buttermilk
Chopped fresh parsley or green onions, for garnish, optional
Mix together flour, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper, salt, and black pepper in a pie plate. Coat pork chops in flour mixture; shaking off the excess.
Over medium heat in cast iron skillet, melt bacon fat and oil together well. Gently lay pork chops in skillet; fry about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove pork chops from skillet.
Mix ½ cup flour mixture and buttermilk together well; pour into skillet, stir into hot fat; bring gravy to boil then reduce heat to simmer until nice and thick, stirring often. Return pork chops to skillet; cover with gravy. Simmer for 5 minutes or so until pork chops are cooked through. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with chopped parsley or green onions if using, before serving.
Variation: May sauté onions and or mushrooms with pork chops and add to gravy mixture