This recipe represents the ultimate comfort food for me. I grew up eating something similar, except my Mom always prepared pork chops by browning them and cooking them in a can of Campbell's Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup. I loved the savory gravy it made, and boy was it easy!
However I have a "no canned soup" rule in my kitchen in pursuit of healthier, unprocessed ingredients. All I have to do is read the mystery ingredients on the soup can label to scare me away.
Happily, I've found that I can make even better pork chops smothered in an amazingly rich and savory mushroom gravy while using simple, good-for-you ingredients with no butter and NO CANNED SOUP!
This recipe is so easy. With 15 minutes of prep time and a half hour of stove-top simmering, these oh-so-tender pork chops are ready to eat. The foolproof gravy is thick and flavorful. Spooned over my slow cooker mashed potatoes , it satisfies my every comfort food longing.
Nutritional Information (for 1 pork chop with 1/2 cup gravy): 342 calories, 19.8g fat, 274mg sodium, 8.4g carbs, 1.2g fiber, 1.7g sugars, 20.9g protein. High in selenium, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron. Weight Watchers PointPlus: 8
Step-by-step photos for making
Easy Skillet Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
Step 2. Slice the onions and mushrooms.
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Step 3. Mince the garlic.
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Step 4. Chop the fresh parsley and thyme leaves.
Step 5. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel (because dried meat browns better); salt and pepper both sides.
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Step 6. Heat a large skillet, add olive oil and heat it until it shimmers, add pork chops to hot oil in a single layer and brown on one side. Then flip and brown on the other side. Remove the pork chops to a plate and set aside.
The browned drippings in the bottom of the skillet will add important flavor and color to the gravy. So, leave them there.
Step 7. Add more oil to the pan; then add the onions and mushrooms. Stir them frequently and continue cooking until the are softened. The veggies release liquid as they cook that will soften the browned drippings on the bottom of the pan; use a spatula to scrape the browned bits and mix them with the veggies.
Step 8. Sprinkle flour, dried oregano, and minced garlic over mushroom mixture and stir until dry flour is no longer visible (takes 30-60 seconds). The flour coats the mushroom mixture and will make the gravy thicken later--with no lumps! This makes the gravy for this recipe easy and foolproof!
Step 9. Add the chicken broth, thyme and bay leaf; stir to combine.
Step 10. Add the browned pork chops back into the skillet mixture, cover, and simmer 30-40 mintues until a paring knife can easily be inserted into the meat. Remove the bay leaf and stir in parsley.
Step 11. Transfer the cooked pork chops to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm while the gravy thickens.
Step 12. Bring the skillet mixture to a boil and continue to cook uncovered until it thickens into a gravy consistency. This should take approx. 5 minutes.
Done! Transfer the pork chops to a serving platter, and spoon some of that awesome gravy over the top. Garnish with more chopped parsley, if you like.
Serve extra gravy on the side. You just won't believe how good it is. The recipe makes almost 3 cups of gravy. It's always been plenty for us, and we're big gravy fans.
I serve our pork chops with mashed potatoes.....and more gravy, of course. I mean, that's what makes it comfort food, right? The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. Oh my, it is so good.
You've gotta try these pork chops with my easy slow cooker mashed potatoes. What a combo! Egg noddles are a good complement, too.
Make it ahead. This is a great dish to refrigerate or freeze to reheat later. Simply prepare the pork chops and gravy and transfer them to a lidded container to refrigerate or freeze. To reheat, return the thawed chops and gravy to a skillet, cover, and simmer on medium-low heat until heated through. Dinner is served in a jiffy!
And, that's how you make the most scrumptious pork chops and gravy with good, wholesome ingredients. I hope this easy recipe sends some comfort your way.
Make it a Yummy day!