I have some exciting things coming up here at the Nest! Next week will be our Six Month Anniversary! So to celebrate next week will be Pumpkin Week!!! I have saved all my favorite pumpkin recipes for next week! Super excited! And…are you ready for this…we are also going to have a contest so get ready! There will be some fun prizes coming your way! So please be sure to join me all next week here at my Nest!
Before we do ALL that…we are going to kick this week off right with the perfect weeknight dinner! It isn’t the prettiest or fanciest dish to photograph (let’s face it…I’m no world-class food photographer and this dish doesn’t help any!). However, it is one of the yummiest and most comforting dishes I have in my Fall and Winter rotation! Chicken Fried Country Pork Chops are one of our all time favorites here at Norine’s Nest! You have to try this one! Your carnivores are going to L.O.V.E. it!
A little fun fact before we get started…ever wonder why someone started frying steaks like chicken? No one really knows for sure but one rumor is that it was brought to Texas by Austrian Immigrants who used steak instead of veal for Wiener Schnitzel. I also read in a book once that because steak was plentiful in Texas, but chicken wasn’t, that cooks began breading steaks and cooking them like fried chicken. Another source states the recipe was found in a 1924 Los Angeles Times, however it was later found in Southern cook books dating back to the 1800’s. It doesn’t really matter how it came about. What matters is that I reckon any recipe that has been around THAT long has been around that long for a reason! It’s just plain GOOD!
This recipe calls for pork chops. We are still using the same basic principle and recipe that is used for Chicken Fried Steak. Breaded, fried meat, covered in gravy. Hellooooo?!! That can never be a bad thing! Can it?
Start out with 5-6 really nice pork chops. Bone in or boneless. (I happen to love the boneless chops from Costco so that is the cut I’m using here.) Rinse off your chops, but don’t dry them. In a separate dish or large zip lock bag, mix together 1 cup flour, 1 tsp. dry mustard, 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt. (I was out at the time I made mine or I would have used a bag! It’s so much easier for clean up to just toss the bag away.)
Dredge your pork chop in the flour mixture until well coated, or shake in a large zip lock bag until well coated.
In a large skillet heat 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Place pork chops into the hot oil and cook till golden brown. About 3-4 minutes per side.
Remember this is a crock pot meal. Which means, you are not cooking the pork chops all the way through! The crock pot will do that. You just want that breading nice and crisp and golden.
Once you have your pork chops golden brown on both sides, move them to your crock pot. Place the pork chops in the bottom of the crock pot.
Gravy time! In a medium bowl mix together two cans of cream of chicken soup and one cup of milk. Mix until well blended. Then pour over the pork chops, covering them completely. (I promise they are under there!)
Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours. The house will begin to smell delectably delicious! The longer they cook the more they will fall apart. I wanted mine to hold together so I only cooked mine for 4 hours. The juices from the meat will combine with the soup mixture to create one of the best gravy’s you have ever had! So creamy and sooooo flavorful! It just doesn’t get any better!
That’s it! Don’t you love a quick easy delicious meal like this? I know I do!
I like to serve this dish with chunky homemade mashed potatoes, but you can serve it over noodles or rice too. They are all “winner, winner chicken dinner”! I guess we should say “Winner, winner, chicken fried pork chop dinner!” lol
Moms, You will be the winner with this dish! Your kids and hub will think you’re the best cook since Julia Child!
Like I said in the beginning…it isn’t fancy or pretentious! It’s just a wonderfully flavorful, delicious, country comfort weeknight meal! It warms you from the inside out. If you have never served a dish with “chunky” mashed potatoes I highly recommend it. Find yourself an old potato masher and hand mash and mix your boiled potatoes! Put that mixer away! We aren’t going for “creamy”! We want the lumps…the gravy loves them! Which in turn means you’ll love them!
Serve this dish with a fresh green salad and maybe some green beans and you have dinner ready to go! A healthy appetizing meal for all your hearty meat eaters!
I’m including the printable recipe below. Remember… we have some amazing fun things coming up in the next couple of weeks! Be sure to share with all your friends! Check back this week for more details and other great recipes and Halloween crafts! Have a Great Day at your Nest! Thanks for popping by!