Mushroom and Garlic “Smothered” Pork Chops with Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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Mushroom and Garlic “Smothered” Pork Chops with Garlic Smashed Potatoes

We’ve just gotten back from an anniversary trip.  We went away to Vegas for a couple of days to celebrate.  On Thursday night we were at B B King’s Blues Club for dinner and some great live music.  Right in front of us in a table for two was a couple, who I’m guessing is still dating.  She was a very tall and shall I say, a robust woman.  About 6 foot tall and weighing in at over 200 pounds and he was a slim man about 5 foot 9 inches tall.  Throughout their evening, she kept patting and smoothing his back, running her fingers through his hair, whispering to him and when their food came, she promptly pulled a box of birthday candles out of her giant purse along with a lighter and stuck it in the middle of his Shrimp Po’ Boy sandwich and lit it. As soon as he blew it out and she got a picture on her iPhone, she reach out and hugged him to her bosom, smashing his face in.  We watched the man flap his arms a few times and then they hung limply to the side.  I don’t know if he ran out of air, passed out or surrendered.  After 26 years of marriage, Grantley and I have mastered the silent conversation.  I looked at him and he looked at me and we had an entire conversation which resulted in some snorting on my part as I tried not to laugh out loud.  Ahhhh, Smothering…not a good idea for any relationship but fantastic when it comes to food!  Consider the “smothered” burrito (yum!), “smothered” cheesecake (double yum), and now the “smothered” pork chop!  So good!  It’s surprisingly easy to make and hits the spot after the end of a long day.  We’re having  this for dinner along with garlic smashed potatoes, spring salad with radicchio and feta and grilled pineapples.  It makes any night feel like a party with birthday candle and all!

Dredge pork chops in flour and brown in olive oil

In the same pan saute mushrooms and onions

Add spices and flour to the mushroom mixture

Add chicken stock to the mixture and let it simmer for 5 minutes

Add milk to the sauce and cook an additional minute

Add pork chops back into the pan. Cover and cook for 40-45 minutes until tender

Boil potatoes with garlic cloves for the smashed potatoes

Add yogurt, salt and pepper to cooked potatoes and garlic and smash together

Add flat leafed parsley at the very end before serving

Mushroom and Garlic Smothered Pork Chop

6 boneless loin pork chops

1/2 onion

1 1/2 cup button mushrooms, chopped

4 tbsp olive oil

1 cup flour

1 tsp salt

4 cloves garlic

fresh cracked pepper

1/2 tsp Cheyenne pepper

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 bunch fresh flat leafed parsley, chopped

1/2 cup milk

1 can low sodium chicken broth or homemade chicken stock

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

6 medium potatoes, peeled

3 – 5 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup greek yogurt

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup milk

2 tbsp chopped chives

To make the potatoes:

Peel potatoes and cut into chunks.  Place potatoes, garlic cloves and 2 tsp salt in a large pot and bring to boil.  Cover and simmer until tender.  Drain the potatoes.  Add yogurt, salt and pepper, milk and smash with potato smasher.  Add in chives.

To make the Pork Chops:

Wash and dry pork chops.  Season each side of the pork chop with a little salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Dredge each chop in flour and sear in the hot skillet until golden brown on each side.  Set aside.  In the same pan, add chopped onions and mushrooms and cook until tender.  Add in spices, garlic, ginger and stir fry until fragrant.  Add a couple of tablespoons of the flour leftover from dredging the chops into the mushroom mixture and cook for about a minute.  Add in the chicken stock and simmer for about 5 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick.  Add milk and cook an additional minute.  Add the chops back into the gravy and cover.  Simmer on low heat covered for about 40-45 minutes.  Add chopped parsley right before serving.  Serve warm with garlic smashed potatoes.

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9 responses »

    • Hahaha! Vegas is crazy. There was also a giant woman in a tutu and a tiny bra outside the Bellagio fountains singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on a kiddie karaoke machine. Can you get more ridiculous than that?

  1. Hahahahahaha! Oh my gosh. This story made me laugh out loud! Well, good for them if they found love! Maybe with enough Po’Boys, he will be able to smother her one day. Share the love ;-)

    Love the segue-way into smothered food. Smothered pork chops are the best! And these look fantastic!

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