Monday, March 14, 2011

Pan Fried Pork Chops


I'm very fortunate to live in a state that's official meat is ham.
Who doesn't love a good pork product? We have access to some good piggy around here. We like to eat pork pretty often (especially when I can get it on sale!). I love to make pork chops and this is hands down my favorite way to make them. It is so simple. Almost as simple as my Slow Cooker Pork Chops.
Ingredients:
4 boneless (or bone-in) pork chops
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
In a shallow bowl or dish, combine flour, corn starch, lemon pepper seasoning and cajun seasoning. Mix it all together until combined. Get your oil started in the skillet (over medium high heat). You need it nice and hot.

With a paper towel, pat the pork chops until they are dry  (it will help the flour stick better.)  Sprinkle lightly with a bit of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Don't be too heavy handed here because the lemon pepper and cajun seasoning also have salt and pepper in it as well. 

Dredge the pork chops in the flour mixture (one at a time) and shake off excess flour. 
Just put them on a plate until you are ready to fry.

Once you got all the chops floured, add the two tablespoons of butter to the skillet and let it melt in the oil. This will help your chops brown and add a bit of flavor. Add pork chops to the skillet. Don't overcrowd the pan. If your skillet is small, you may need to only cook 2 at a time.
Now at this point, I usually adjust the heat to medium. My cast iron skillet does a good job of hanging onto heat and distributing it evenly. So make a judgement call, if they are cooking too fast just turn it down a bit. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Pork can dry out if you cook it too long so just monitor the progress and if you aren't sure about doneness, just poke them with a fork or knife and if the juices run clear then they are done.  Serve these right away with your favorite sides.
Cook's note: I use lemon pepper seasoning a lot. It is a great and versatile seasoning flavor and it's taste doesn't overshadow the meat it is flavoring. If you've never used it, you really should give it a whirl. It does not have a strong lemon flavoring as you might think. As for the cajun seasoning, use whatever brand is your favorite. I generally go with Slap Ya Mama but it isn't easy to find everywhere so go with what you got!
Enjoy!

33 comments :

Pretend Chef said...

When I see pork chops the first thing I think of is sitting back around my mama's table and having homemade applesauce to go with it. These pork chops sound perfect and make me want to recreate it "mama" style. So delicious and now my stomach is growling something fierce over this one! Yummy!

Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips said...

Looks delicious and so easy! Those dinners are the best- because you can enjoy them without being super tired from cooking! I love pork especially like the other peeps are saying, with apples. yum!

Brooks Walker said...

It's always a pleasure to visit you Brandie. How lucky you are to be so proxomate to "piggy central" and these pork chops are a fine illustration of your country cooking. Good going, girl!

ravienomnoms said...

Oh wow, that looks delicious!

Cheryl and Adam @pictureperfectmeals.com said...

This is the smell of my mother's house. There was nothing better than coming home to the aroma of pork chops frying. Thanks for the memories!

Elisabeth said...

Brandie-More and more people tend to shy away from pork meat, but as for me and my family, we love it, any way you fix it. A nice easy, and yummy pork chops the way you fixed it is always a welcome, especially made in the cast iron skillet.

I always used to have lemon pepper on hand, but lately I've been using fresh grated lemon rind, and freshly grated pepper, but the lemon-pepper seasoning has more of an "intense" flavor. Great comforting and delicious every day "no fuss" meal!

Carolyn said...

Okay, slap ya mama is a hilarious name! Love it. The pork chops look great and easy to throw together, which is always good for this mama of three!

carolinaheartstring said...

We live in the Carolinas and we love our pork too. Your pork chops look wonderful.

From the Kitchen said...

I'm not familiar with Cumberland Gap pork but would like an "introduction". I've carried my Virginia ham tradition to every state I've lived in!!

Best,
Bonnie

Natalie@DeconstructingTheHome said...

I got a new cast iron pan for Christmas and I've been needing some new recipes for it. I'll be sure to give this a try. I'd rather have pork over chicken any day.

Kristen said...

Those do look like great chops. I love Slap Ya Mama. I have my brother in Houston bring it to me!

Kristin King said...

I'm in Norfolk, VA and I've never heard of Cumberland Gap pork. I'll have to keep an eye out!

The Country Cook said...

Hi Kristin K- I grew up in Norfolk! What a small world!
The Cumberland Gap provision company is based out of Kentucky. According to their website though, they sell their pork all around the eastern portion of the U.S.
It is good stuff if you can get your hands on it :)

Holly said...

Bean... Oh I mean Bran! lol These chops sound grrr-eat!! Great minds think alike girlie! I am posting some pork chops next week : )

Lizzy said...

Oh, yum, Brandie!!! We've only given up meat on Fridays...so pork is just fine the other 6 days of the week :) These chops look fabulous!!!

Sandra said...

Well this is kind of pork chops that my kids loveeee(and me too shh)
I can almost smell it..ah I am drooling now:))

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

My mama would absolutely love this! She just loves pork chops. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe, it sounds soooo good.

scratch-made wife said...

We ate a lot of grilled pork chops when I was growing up; strangely enough, the husband ate a lot of pork loin with his parents. This could be why I can't remember the last time we ate pork in *our* house, but your recipe looks delish. And pat the pork with a paper towel to help the flour stick? What a novel idea - that never crossed my mind!

Ang said...

So simple Brandie, yet you know it's amazing too by the looks of it. My friend Amy and I (the canning wife) were just chatting over lunch the other day about your slow cooker pork chops. She said they were amazing! Thought you should know, have a great night.

Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

These look so good! Now I want a pork chop for breakfast!

Lindsay said...

We don't eat a lot of pork but this looks delicious!

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks awesome! And Slap Ya Mama sounds hilarious :)

Sues

MrsJenB said...

Have I told you lately how much I love your recipes??

Candace said...

This is "hands down" my favorite way to eat pork chops! I always leave here so hungry, Brandie. Those look delicious!

Sally Darling said...

This has my hubbys name written all over it! Nothing better than pan fried pork chops! Ohhhh yes. I think this is a MUST for this Sunday! Thanks for the great recipe!

Ott, A. said...

Just Stopping by from TMTT. Who doesn't love pork chops??? Your's look delish! I wanted to invite you to check out my Iron Chef Challenge This month's themed ingredient is canned tomatoes, so link up a recipe using those and you could win a prize. It should be a lot of fun, hope you can join us!!

Christina said...

I made a similar pork tenderloin recipe recently and it was so yummy! I am from VA, too, Northern VA.

Becky said...

These pork chops look the kind my Grandma used to make, nothing better.
Sometimes simpler is better

The Mom Chef said...

Now you have me craving pork chops. Being in North Carolina, I live in pork country too and am so very glad for that. I love the way you've cooked this. It lets the pork shine through. That's always a good thing.

Cindi said...

THese sound wonderful! I found you through the gooseberry patch link party and I am so glad I did! You have some wonderful recipes here! :) I am always looking for something new to try for my family- these pork chops will be next on my menu. I don't know why I never thought to use lemon pepper on my pork chops before! :) Thank you for posting your link!

Polish Mama on the Prairie said...

Yumm! Found you through WhipperBerry.

We used to go camping by Cumberland Gap, so I know what you mean by that pork. I'm also Polish and we love us some pig! Delicious!

cajunlicious said...

I am so glad I came across your blog. I love pork chops, I grew up eating them smothered, but this looks so good.

Check out my blog @ http://cajunlicious.blogspot.com/

Mark Carpenter said...

Making these as we speak and ive got to say it smells amazing !!!!!