Pork Chops A La Papa Tony

PORK CHOPS, YOU KNOW . . . THE OTHER WHITE MEAT!

Whenever we go out to eat, especially if it’s at a restaurant that’s supposed to serve “great steak,” I always look on the menu to see if they offer  “pork chops” as an alternate entree. Yes, it’s true, I prefer pork chops over steak, but it’s all good! I have had my fair share of insanely awesome chops as well as the ones I wouldn’t shine my shoes with, but I still say that bone-in chops totally rule over boneless chops.

However, you don’t have to go out to a good restaurant to get a great pork chop. Hell no, you can make them yourself. All you need is a cast-iron pan and the desire to rule over the “Pork Chop” kitchen. There’s not much prep work involved so grab your applesauce, set the oven and yell; “Grease my lips and call me Pork Chop!”

INGREDIENTS

Pork Chops (2-4 thick, bone-in or boneless)

Cast Iron Pan

Coarse Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Ground Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Brown Sugar, Butter, Olive Oil

DIRECTIONS

Set oven to 375 degrees

Place chops on a plate or a piece of wax paper. Lightly brush both sides with Olive Oil.  Next, generously season both sides of chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and smoked paprika.

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Pork Chop a La Papa Tony
Pork Chop a La Papa Tony

Place cast iron pan on top burner and set on medium high. You’ll know it’s hot enough when drops of water dance across the pan and evaporate. WARNING; When you place the chops in the hot pan . . .THEY WILL SMOKE!  That’s what they’re supposed to do, DON’T PANIC!

Using tongs, place pork chops in pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip chops and while the other side is cooking for 2 minutes, put a pad of butter on top of each chop. Then sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the pad of butter.

After cooking that side for 2 minutes, shut heat off. Using a potholder (Handle and pan will be very, very hot) remove pan and place it in the preheated oven for approximately 25-35 minutes. The butter and brown sugar will melt and caramelize beautifully on the chops. When chops are done, let them sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with garlic green-beans, apple sauce and wild rice.

Enjoy Your Pork Chops A La Papa Tony!

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