You're going to love this smothered pork chops recipe. It's a delicious spin on traditional smothered pork chops, all made in one pan to keep the mess low and the flavor set to max!
This dish pairs seared pork chops with a creamy mushroom sauce, making it a great option for anyone following a low carb or keto lifestyle.
This smothered pork chops recipe is: LOW CARB, KETO-FRIENDLY and GLUTEN-FREE.
Inspiration for this smothered pork chops recipe:
Is this smothered pork chops recipe low carb or keto?
What are the ingredients to make smothered pork chops?
As I created this recipe for smothered pork chops, I kept a watchful eye on the ingredients to keep it as simple as possible while still delivering a lot of flavor. Keep in mind, this is just a list of ingredients... the recipe is later in the post!
- Pork Chops: Choose boneless pork chops for this recipe... or if you use a bone-in chop, make some small cuts around the fat band so the chop remains flat in the pan rather than cupping.
- Clarified Butter: Offers a higher smoke point for perfect searing.
- Onion: Brings a mild, sweet note, balancing the richness of the pork and cream. Use ½ an onion to keep the carb count lower.
- Mushrooms: Their earthy taste deepens the sauce's flavor profile and complements the pork beautifully.
- Garlic: Adds so much flavor. You can use fresh or jarred garlic without any issue.
- Heavy Cream: This is the base for the cream sauce. The higher the fat in the heavy cream, the thicker the sauce.
- Unsalted Butter: Not only does the butter add richness, it also helps to thicken the sauce. Only add the butter once the mushroom topping is off the heat.
- Fresh Parsley: Provides a fresh, herbal note that cuts through the sauce's richness. It's optional, but definitely worth adding.
Frequently Asked Questions for these Chops:
What goes with smothered pork chops?
Good options include steamed or roasted vegetables like asparagus, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or a fresh garden salad. These sides will balance out the richness of the dish while keeping it within low carb and keto-friendly guidelines.
Do I need cream of mushroom soup for smothered pork chops?
No, cream of mushroom soup isn't necessary for this recipe. This version uses fresh mushrooms and heavy cream to create a rich and flavorful sauce from scratch, offering a fresh alternative to canned soups.
What is a low carb alternative to rice for my smothered pork chops?
A great low carb alternative to rice is cauliflower rice. It provides a similar texture and neutral base to soak up the delicious sauce without the high-carb content of traditional rice.
Can I bake this recipe for smothered pork chops?
This recipe is designed for stovetop cooking, which helps create a rich, flavorful sauce and perfectly seared chops. You can adapt it for baking but I'm not convinced it will be better. Keep in mind that baking will alter the texture and flavor.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS
Make sure to pat the pork chops dry to ensure a nice sear, and season generously with salt and pepper. In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the clarified butter over medium-high heat, then add the chops. Sear them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, ensuring they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. Once cooked, remove the pork chops from the pan and set them aside on a serving dish, keeping them warm.
Next, it's time to create the sauce. Using the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt, cooking them for a minute. Then, add the onions with a pinch of salt and sauté for about 3-4 minutes. The garlic follows, and a little olive oil can be added to prevent burning.
Stir the ingredients frequently for even cooking. Pour in the cream to deglaze the pan, scraping up any flavorful bits, and allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes. As the cream thickens, remove the pan from heat and stir in the unsalted butter and fresh parsley.
To finish, spoon this rich and creamy mushroom sauce over the cooked pork chops, and your dish is ready to be enjoyed.
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STORAGE AND REHEATING SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS
Storing: To store leftover smothered pork chops, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. They will keep well for up to 3-4 days. Ensure that the sauce and pork chops are stored together to retain moisture and flavor.
Freezing: Freezing is an option for extending the life of your smothered pork chops. Place them in a freezer-safe container or wrap them securely in freezer wrap. Properly stored, they can last for up to 2-3 months. However, be mindful that the texture of the cream sauce will change slightly upon thawing.
Reheating: When reheating, it's best to do so slowly over low heat on the stovetop to preserve the quality of the pork and the creaminess of the sauce. Thaw frozen pork chops in the refrigerator overnight before reheating for the best results.
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