Why you’ll love these pork chops with gravy
- I love a good pork chop. We spent so much time as kids eating sad and overcooked pork, but when they’re cooked well, a pork chop can be so satisfying. Try getting an extra thick pork chop from your butcher to make sure you get a nice, juicy cook on them.
- They’re so easy to make. The easy brown gravy for these pork chops is super simple, and made with a splash of apple cider for added sweetness.
- Comforting and hearty. Serve these pork chops with some dairy free mashed potatoes for the ultimate in comfort. The gravy is delicious on both the chops and the potatoes.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Bone-in pork chops – Get the thickest cut pork chops you can find. I like to get at least 1 inch thick, but if you can get thicker, that’s even better. It gives your chops times to brown before you have to remove them from the heat.
- Beef broth – I like to use beef broth for my gravy. It’s a little bit heavier than chicken stock, but I think it makes a beautiful gravy especially when it’s enhanced with a little bit of apple cider.
- Apple cider – If you can’t get apple cider, 100% apple juice will work. You can also use a dry white wine instead.
How to make smothered pork chops and gravy
Season the chops. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel. Then, liberally season them with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
Brown the pork. Heat a large skillet – I like to use my 12-inch cast iron skillet – to medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and allow it to get hot. Then, add the pork chops. Let them sear on each side for about 3 minutes. Then transfer them to a plate to rest.
Make the gravy. Add dairy free butter to the pan and let it melt and make a roux with 2 tablespoons of flour. Then, slowly whisk in the apple cider and beef broth.
Let the gravy simmer and thicken for about 5 minutes, stirring as needed.
Smother and serve. Return the pork chops to the pan and turn to coat them in gravy. Allow the chops to warm back up in the gravy.
Check to make sure the internal temperature is 145˚F. Serve each chop with extra gravy and garnish with fresh thyme leaves.
Everything you need to know about pork chops and gravy
The biggest secret to tender pork chops is: not over-cooking them. Pork only needs to cook to an internal temperature of 145˚F, and it doesn’t take long for pork chops to reach this temperature on the stove. Always use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature before serving.
It really depends on the thickness of the pork chops, but for a 1-inch thick chop, I recommend no more than 3 – 4 minutes per side.
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- 4 thick-cut bone-in pork chops – about 2 pounds total
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Coarse salt & black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 2 tablespoons dairy free butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- Fresh thyme, optional
- Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and season with garlic and onion powder, salt & pepper
- Heat a large skillet to medium-high. Add olive oil and allow it to get hot.
- Sear the pork chops until golden, about 3 minutes per side, turning once. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Melt 2 tablespoons dairy free butter in the skillet. Add flour and whisk to create a roux.
- Slowly whisk in apple cider and beef broth. Add leaves from 1 sprig of fresh thyme. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened.
- Return pork chops to the pan, turning to coat in gravy. Bring pork chops back to 145˚F.
- Garnish with fresh thyme and serve each pork chop with extra gravy.
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 429
- Sugar: 3.9 g
- Sodium: 359.7 mg
- Fat: 17 g
- Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 7.4 g
- Fiber: 0.2 g
- Protein: 58.3 g
- Cholesterol: 171.6 mg
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Published: October 24, 2022. Updated: November 2, 2022.
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