Breaded Pork Chops with Gravy

I thawed out some pork chops for supper, then sat there and looked at them for a minute all naked on the counter. I had absolutely NO idea what I was going to do with them just yet, which is the way I normally cook. Thaw out some meat, then figure it out. Let me tell you, that’s lead to more than one interesting meal, and not always great. Still, seems to work for us for the most part.

I started with a recipe for Chicken Fried Pork Chops, but really this was just to spark some ideas. With it being 4pm, I didn’t have time to mess with the crockpot (which this may be why I never use it – that requires planning). So I improvised with no more than a glance at it.

First, the breading.

I took milk, eggs, and sour cream and mixed them in a bowl. Yes you heard me, sour cream. I’ve had issues in the past with breading, so I thought I’d throw in some sour cream to make a more creamy wet mixture and for flavor, too. Woo hoo it worked, made the flour stick just perfectly. I didn’t use any more than flour, salt, and pepper for the dry mix.

As I was dipping my pork chops in the two mixes (just once each), I had a pan of oil heating up on the stove on high. Now I’m thinking I PROBABLY could have turned down the heat just a smidge, since these browned super fast. Not a bad thing really, just keep a close eye on them.

Next I tossed them in a baking dish, covered with foil, and baked for about 45mins at 400*. Oh, these were so perfect I just wanted to cry. Really thick cut pork chops  that came out REALLY juicy. (Which yes I should mention these were THICK cut chops, and I don’t know how thinner cuts would turn out)

As if they weren’t good enough, I decided last minute to throw together some gravy. I used the same pan, drained of all oil though. I dare not try to make gravy from scratch, I know better. So instead I use Cream of Mushroom soup, adding a little bit of milk and flower to thicken/thin it up a bit. Oh, and a bit of salt and pepper.

Along with the breaded pork chops and gravy, we also had some fresh salad. I’m not sure what it was now, so we’ll just say “the fancy stuff” since it wasn’t the cheap shredded lettuce in a bag. The boy said it looked like a plant. Meh, I thought it was good and so did the girl, so no matter. We added shredded cheese, roasted red bell peppers (from a jar), almond slices, and blue cheese dressing. Obviously we’ve been watching too much Food Network, but oh well. Yum, yum, and yum is all I have to say to that!

I’m sure you could try your own variations of this recipes, specifically using something different than just flower or adding fun ingredients to the breading. Either way this was EXCELLENT!

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