Saturday, January 7, 2012

What I Cooked Tonight!

In my previous post I told  you about the cookbook my daughter got me for Christmas, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible.  Tonight I decided to make something from the book.  I chose Fried Pork Chops with Tomato Gravy from page 142. 

Source:  Goodreads

Fried Pork Chops with Tomato Gravy

4 bone-in center-cut pork chops (1 inch thick, 1/2 pound each)
Salt and Black Pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 T. olive oil
4 T. butter
2 T. finely chopped onion
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1/2 c. chicken broth or water
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained

1.  Lightly sprinkle the chops on both sides with salt and black pepper, then sprinkle with garlic powder.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add the chops and cook, without moving, until a dark golden crust forms on the bottom of each, 5 to 6 minutes.  Flip the chops and cook for 5 minutes more.  Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.

2.  Add the butter to the skillet and melt.  Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Go ahead and reduce the heat if the onion starts to brown too quickly.  Sprinkle the flour over the onion and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.  Slowly whisk in the milk, then the broth or water.  Simmer the mixture until thickened , about 5 minutes.  Whisk in the tomatoes, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper.  Spoon the sauce over the pork chops and serve to a hungry family.
(Recipe Source:  Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, pg. 141)

I chose to serve the pork chops over brown rice along side crispy fried okra, and here's the finished product.

Source:  My Photo

This was a fairly easy recipe, fun to cook, and the end result was yummy!  The okra went very well with the gravy and added the needed crunch to the meal.  Plus I think tomatoes and okra go well together.

That's what I cooked tonight!!!


  1. That looks so good! I didn't know that this book was out. We love Paula Deen around here! I will have to look at it next time I am out!

  2. It really is an awesome book, and this recipe was very good! I love Paula Deen too:)

  3. oh boy, paula deen! i've eaten in her restaurant in savannah a few times--back before she was a celebrity chef--and have made a few of her recipes. this one looks great but i'm not a big fan of pork. glad you all enjoyed it. my hubby likes her chicken tenders and peach cobbler. yum!

  4. Hi Natalie! I'm hoping to get to savannah one of these days, and I'll def try to eat at her restaurant. Thanks for commenting!