Recipe: Tuscan Pork Chops
See how quick and easy it is to cook up a flavorful, budget-friendly meal with pork chops.
Hi, I'm Christy Jordan. With Quick Fix Supper you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time around the table. So let's get started. Pork chops are so inexpensive but, I don't know many ways to cook them. Do you have any ideas? You know good food doesn't have to be complicated and pork chops are a great quick fix and budget friendly meal. You can cook them in a skillet and they'll be ready in no time at all. Southern Living's Tuscan pork chops is a great recipe, because it's easily adapted to your own family's taste. To start with, we're gonna season a little flour to dredge these pork chops in. I'm just gonna use some plain flour and add a little bit of salt and I'm just gonna add in a little bit of seasoned black pepper, but if you can't find seasoned black pepper, go ahead and use regular pepper and that'll be just fine. And you know, this is where you can really make it your own by adding in your favorite dried herbs. Basil, Oregano, Thyme, they all work great in this. I even like to add a little bit of cornmeal sometimes to give it that nice extra crunch in the coating. So I've got this all stirred up. A really simple seasoned flour mixture, and now I'm just gonna just gonna dredge my pork chops in it. I don't even have to put them in anything else first. I'm just dipping them in the flour. Pushing 'em down a bit. I like to do 'em on the sides, to get the sides nice and coated. And I've got a skillet all heated with a little bit of oil coating the bottom of it. Keep those pork chops from sticking. And these'll be ready in no time at all. I'm just gonna cook 'em from one to two minutes on each side. Alright our pork chops have cooked for one to two minutes on each side. We've got nice and brown, but we've got a few more steps until were done with this very simple recipe. So I'm just gonna remove these, and put 'em on a plate here. And now I'm just gonna add a little bit of minced garlic to my pan. And I'm just going to saute that for about a minute. Then we're going to deglaze the pan. Now this sounds kind of intimidating but it's really easy. All it means is we're gonna introduce some liquid to our skillet and stir it around a little bit to get up all those nice little bits that the pork chops left and give us a really flavorful sauce. Okay. My garlic is done, so I'm gonna stir in a little bit of balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of chicken broth. And you see I'm stirring this around, kind of giving my pan a little bath here. I just want all that flavor to come up from the pan and into my sauce. Now, I'm gonna add in some capers, and some seeded and diced plum tomatoes. Give that a good stir. And I'm gonna add my pork chops back to the skillet. Then we're gonna cover it and simmer it for about 45 minutes, until the pork chops are fully cooked. My pork chops are ready. I wish you could smell these. And you know this dish has a lot of flavor to it. So you can really be simple with your sides. Try some plain rice, a baked potato, a little bit of pasta or even just a simple salad. Now I'm just going to spoon some of this flavorful sauce over each one for the finishing touch. And if you really want to make it pretty, garnish with a little bit of parsley. I hope you get to make this quick-fix recipe soon. For more great quick-fix dinner ideas, pick up a copy of Southern Living and visit us online at www.southernliving.com.