Caramelized Onion Smothered Pork Chops
Perfectly cooked pork chops are browned and smothered with caramelized onions then pan-roasted in the oven.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2cups water
- ¼cup kosher salt
- ¼cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed, divided
- 1large fresh sprig rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon minced
- 2cups ice water
- 4bone-in pork chops
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1teaspoon olive oil
- 2large yellow onions, or Vidalia onions
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1tablespoon olive oil
Step 1Brine the chops: Combine the water, 1/4 cup kosher salt , and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. When the salt and sugar are dissolved, take the saucepan off the heat and add the rosemary sprig and iced water. Keep stirring until the brine is completely cooled down.
Step 2Put the pork chops in a large zip-top plastic bag, and pour in the brine. Squeeze the air out of the plastic bag and seal tightly. Lay the bag in a baking dish (in case there's any leakage) and refrigerate 4 hours and up to 8 hours. (Alternatively, arrange the pork chops in a baking dish in a single layer, pour the brine over the chops and cover with plastic wrap. Halfway through the brining time, turn the chops over.)
Step 3One hour before cooking, take the pork chops out of the refrigerator, drain and discard the brine and rosemary sprig. Pat the pork chops dry and cover loosely with paper towels.
Step 4Make the caramelized onions: Melt the butter and 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon brown sugar, about 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and several good grinds of fresh pepper. Cover for 10 minutes.
Step 5Remove the cover and stir the onions. Sauté for another 15 or 20 minutes, stirring the onions occasionally and watching that they don't burn. When the onions have caramelized to your liking, take the pan off the heat.
Step 6Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly season the pork chops with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, then sprinkle the minced rosemary over both sides of all the chops, pressing down lightly to adhere the rosemary to the pork.
Step 7Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the pork chops on both sides, 2 minutes per side. Cover the pork chops with the caramelized onions, then put the skillet into the oven.
Step 8Bake the chops 15 minutes until their internal temperature reaches 138 F on an instant-read thermometer . Remove the skillet from the oven, and let the chops rest 5 minutes before serving.