Tender bone-in pork chops seasoned with lemon pepper, lightly floured, and browned in a pan. Then smothered in a creamy gravy with fresh mushrooms. A delicious easy family dinner slow cooked on the stove.
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First things first…welcome to My Kitchen Serenity! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’re looking for an easy pork chop recipe, then let’s talk about this melt in your mouth Smothered Pork Chops recipe!
Smothered pork chops are classic Southern comfort food. Pork chops are slow simmered on the stove and covered in a rich, thick gravy with fresh mushrooms (add sliced onions and bell peppers if you wish). This has been an easy family dinner favorite for many years. This family recipe is suitable for an easy weeknight dinner (plan for 60 minutes for prep and cook time). Or add to your Sunday dinner idea rotation.
- Bone-in pork chops (4)
- Fresh Sliced Mushrooms (8 oz)
- Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 can)
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning (1-1/2 tsp)
- All Purpose Flour (1/4 c)
- Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
- Serve over cooked rice, mashed potatoes, or cooked egg noodles (if desired).
STEP 1: Bone-in pork chops are seasoned with lemon pepper, lightly floured, and then seared on both sides in a hot skillet. I like this skillet from Cuisinart because the base heats evenly and the handle stays cool!
STEP 2: Remove pork chops from skillet and add fresh sliced mushrooms. Cook till tender; about 5 minutes.
STEP 3: Return pork chops to the skillet and spoon cream of mushroom soup on top.
STEP 4: Simmer slow on low heat for about 40 minutes and you’ve got yourself fall off the bone tender pork chops with a thick, creamy mushroom gravy that’s perfect over rice or mashed potatoes.
Side Dish Suggestions
So, what is a good side to go with your smothered pork chops? This recipe calls for rice as a side dish and nobody loves rice more than I do! Potatoes, mashed or sliced and baked, go great with pork chops. Check out my Easy Parmesan Herbed Potatoes. They take about the same amount of time to cook as the pork chops. Very convenient! This Roasted Broccoli recipe from Southern Bite is also a great choice. Just pop it in the oven about halfway through the cooking time for the pork chops to ensure they’re both finished cooking at the same time.
This recipe calls for bone-in pork chops because they tend to be more flavorful and less dry than boneless. Pork steaks are great to use as well.
Do not Undercook Pork
Undercooked pork carries the risk of you developing a foodborne illness. Use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of pork. Pork should be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit with a 3-minute rest time. Since this recipe is slow cooked for 40-45 minutes, the pork chops will be perfectly cooked.
Do not Overcook Pork
Nothing is more disappointing than overcooking a pork chop. Overcooked pork chops are dry and tough and nobody wants that! This recipe ensures moist, tender pork chops.
Yes, just skip the flour and use gluten-free cream of mushroom soup such as Pacific Natural Foods Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup; or make your own. I found this homemade, gluten-free cream of mushroom soup on the interwebs from The Spruce Eats.
Seven Mistakes to Avoid
According to Southern Living, there are 7 mistakes to avoid when cooking pork chops. Check out their article to help make sure your pork chops turn out great!
Creamy Smothered Pork Chops
- 4 Pork chops, bone in
- 1-1/2 tsp Lemon pepper
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 8 oz Sliced fresh mushrooms (add more mushrooms if desired)
- 1 Can cream of mushroom soup
- Season pork chops with lemon pepper then dredge in flour. Shake off excess flour.
- Add oil to large pan or skillet and brown the pork chops for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pork chops and drain on a paper towel.
- Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and saute for 5 minutes. Return the chops to the skillet and spoon the cream of mushroom soup on top of the pork.
- Cover and reduce the heat to a low, slow simmer. Cook for about 40-45 minutes.
If you try this recipe and like it, please let me know by leaving me a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
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