Milk-Braised Pork Chops
Thick pork chops are pounded slightly, dredged in seasoned 100% whole wheat flour, and then browned well in a tiny bit of butter and oil.
A small amount of low-fat or fat-free milk is mixed with the flour, then poured over the pork chops and it simmers for 30 minutes. More milk is added and it simmers 30 minutes more.
The finished pork chops are moist and tender served with the thickened gravy. Rice would make a great side dish.
Milk-Braised Pork Chops
(Makes 4 servings, recipe slightly adapted from The Good Home Cookbook)
4 boneless pork loin chops, about 1 inch thick
2 T flour or 100% whole wheat pastry flour (use whole wheat flour for South Beach)
1/2 tsp. salt (or less if using Pork Chop Seasoning)
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. Penzeys Pork Chop Seasoning (optional, but recommended, see note for ingredients)
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 1% milk, but you could use skim)
2 tsp. butter
2 tsp. vegetable oil
Combine flour, salt, pepper, and pork chop seasoning in shallow bowl. One at a time, lightly dredge pork chops in the mixture, shaking off any extra. Whisk 1/2 cup milk into the flour left in the bowl.
Heat oil and melt butter in heavy frying pan big enough to hold all the pork chops. Add pork and brown well, about 3 minutes per side. Pour out most of the pan drippings, add 1/2 cup milk mixed with flour, reduce heat to low and simmer covered 30 minutes, stirring a few times.
Turn pork chops over, and add the remaining one cup milk, whisking to combine if needed. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more, again, stirring a few times.
Uncover skillet and if there is a lot of liquid, cook a few minutes more until reduced to about 1/4 cup. (This will depend on how tightly your pan lid fits.) Serve hot, spooning the milk gravy over the pork.
Note: Penzey’s Pork Chop Seasoning has salt, hickory smoke, garlic, onion, white pepper, and ginger. Use any of those spice you have in very small amounts.
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South Beach Suggestions:
Lean pork chops are good for the South Beach Diet, but this recipe would be for phase 2 or 3 due to the flour. Be sure to use 100% whole wheat flour and low fat or skim milk if you’re doing South Beach. I personally wouldn’t stress about the small amount of butter in this recipe which does add a lot of flavor, but olive oil would work well and would make it even more South Beach friendly.
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