Milk-Braised Pork Chops
Deceptively simple, this two-serving recipe for milk-braised pork chops is easy to prepare and pleasantly surprising with its rich, complex flavors.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 2(1-inch-thick) pork loin chops
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1tablespoon oil
- 1to 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2cloves garlic (whole, peeled)
- ½teaspoon rubbed sage
- 2teaspoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 2teaspoons all-purpose flour
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 250 F.
Step 3Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet. Add chops and brown on both sides.
Step 4Arrange chops in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish and add enough of the milk so it comes halfway up the sides of the meat. Add the whole garlic cloves and rubbed sage.
Step 5Tightly cover baking dish with foil and place in the center of the oven. Cook for 45 minutes.
Step 6Remove from the oven, turn chops over, re-cover, and return to oven for another 45 minutes.
Step 7Meanwhile, thoroughly mix together the butter and flour in a small bowl (this is called a beurre manié ).
Step 8Set chops on a plate and keep warm. Pour the pan juices into a blender and puree until smooth.
Step 9Pour the puree into a skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Step 10Add the beurre manié a bit at a time until it's all used, continuing to stir until thickened. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and serve over chops.