Monday, January 17, 2011
Lemon Pork Chops
These pork chops are so moist and flavorful, with the addition of a lemon slice on top of each chop as it bakes. Be sure to save the juices that develop when they are done baking, and add it to the packet of gravy that you will make. You can certainly make a gravy from scratch, but for the sake of convenience, I use a gravy packet.
Brown the pork chops in a hot skillet in a little olive oil. Brown them well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in a lightly greased 9 x 13" pan and top, in this order, with a thin slice of onion, a thin slice of lemon, 1 tbsp of brown sugar, and 1 tbsp of ketchup.
Bake the pork chops at 350 degrees, covered, for 30 minutes and then another 30 minutes, uncovered. Place the chops on a plate or in another pan.
See those wonderful juices? Save them, because they are very, very flavorful! I even put some extra onion and lemon slices next to the pork chops before baking, so I had even extra juices. I didn't end up using all the juice in the gravy, because it would have made the gravy too thin.
Prepare the gravy mix according to package directions and add some of the extra juice leftover from the pork chops. I made only one gravy packet.
Voila! A delicious meal!
4 pork loin chops, boneless - 3/4" thick
The chops I used were an inch thick, at least
4 thin slices onion
4 thin slices lemon
4 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp ketchup
a little olive oil
salt and pepper
1 packet of McCormick Pork gravy mix
Brown the pork chops in a heated skillet in a little bit of olive oil. Brown them well on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in a lightly greased 9x13" pan. In this order, top each chop with a thin slice of onion, then a thin slice of fresh lemon, then 1 tbsp brown sugar, and finally, 1 tbsp ketchup. Cover pan loosely with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Remove the pork chops to another plate and save the juices.
Prepare a packet of Pork gravy according to package directions. Add as much of the juices to the gravy as you would like.