If you love good down-home cookin' I can virtually guarantee that you'll love this recipe. Oh my stars, this was good! Meat was fall apart tender and the thick country gravy was flavored from cooking with the pork. It could easily become your signature dish, your Sunday dinner, or special occasion dish . You'll need a hearty appetite and a bit of time for this one.
Get ready to mess up some dishes, smiles. It'll be worth it! This was enthusiastically approved by Ole Sweetie-Pi.
If you're going to try this, take a minute to read through the recipe as there are a number of steps, and some of the ingredients are divided.
Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Gravy
For the stuffing
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon minced celery
pinch of dried sage (or a good pinch of Bell's Poultry Seasoning)
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons chicken broth
4 thick pork chops (about 1 1/2 inch thick)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 egg lightly beaten
2 1/4 cups milk, divided
1/4 - 1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups water
Preheat the oven to 325*F.
For the stuffing: Mix the bread crumbs, onion, celery, sage (or Bell's Seasoning), salt and pepper in a small bowl. Add only enough chicken broth to make the mixture moist, but not wet.
Cut a slit into the fatty side of each chop to form a pocket. Evenly divide the stuffing between each chop and stuff the pockets with the bread mixture.
In a shallow dish, like a pie dish, mix 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
In a second dish, make an egg wash by stirring together the egg, mustard, and 3/4 cup of the milk.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Dip each chop in the egg wash and then coat completely in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Place the chops in the skillet and cook, turning once, for 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer the chops to paper towels to drain, and then place them in a large, shallow baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
Pour all but 4 tablespoons of the drippings out of the skillet, leaving any browned bits on the bottom. Return the pan to medium heat and scrape up the browned bits with a spatula. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon of salt and cook, whisking constantly for 2 minutes until browned and smooth. Remove the skillet from the heat and gradually whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk and the water. Return the skillet to medium-low heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Mixture should be well blended but will not be thickened as it will thicken during baking.
Pour the gravy over the chops, recover the dish with foil, and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Arrange the meat on plates with the gravy poured over.
MY NOTES: LOL, I've made gravy a hundred times over the years and have never had a problem with lumps. Can't say that this time; it was lump city. I ended up removing the chops from the baking dish, scooping the gravy (lumps) into a sieve and forcing them through the sieve a couple of times. adding a bit of milk and rewhisking again. It wasn't beautiful but it was delicious