Smothered Pork Chops
Smothered pork chops may sound like Grandma’s best dish, but they often taste like dinner discards.
Why This Recipe Works
Bone-in chops were a must for our Smothered Pork Chops, because the bone kept the meat moist and added flavor to the sauce. After a number of tests, we settled on blade chops. Caramelizing the onions made the sauce too sweet and took almost an hour. We had better luck cooking them in butter until they were lightly browned. We swapped out chicken broth in favor of meatier beef broth, which greatly improved the flavor of our sauce. Adding dried thyme, bay leaf, and cider vinegar bumped up the flavor even more.
The thickness of our sauce was inconsistent from batch to batch. To solve the problem, we made a full batch of sauce and thickened only the amount that we intended to use for the chops with a cornstarch-and-broth slurry.