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Comfort food. Pork chops breaded in a delicious crunchy coating served with my MeMe’s ultra creamy mashed potatoes and all of it happily covered in a good coating of milk gravy.
I sure do wish you would have been here last night when we were eating this. I even had an extra pork chop set aside. But alas, we’re screens apart and truth be told my house wasn’t clean enough for company anyway, so you’ll have to make this yourself if you wanna eat it anytime soon.
Now some of you are looking at that plate and thinking to yourselves “There’s nothing green! You’re supposed to have something green!”. Calm down, it’s okay. I kicked the “supposed to” people out of my kitchen a long time ago. There are plenty of restaurants they can eat at on their way back to their house where they do everything they’re supposed to do. If you need something green, head on over and have some of my sweet and sour green beans. I could eat a vat of those every day and still want more. Besides, it’s not like we have to eat the entire food pyramid in one sitting.
If you’re still feeling guilty (Hey, I had that same homeEc teacher in high school, too!) have a salad for lunch. Then you’re good to go 🙂
To make the pork chops, you’ll need: Chops, two eggs, and a sleeve of saltine crackers.
Make sure you use the salted crackers because they really give us a great flavor here. This recipe will make four -five pork chops and you can get the thickness you prefer, adjusting cooking time accordingly. I’m using chops that are almost one inch thick so they will take a little longer to cook.
I like to use pie plates for my ingredients to get ready for this.
Crack your eggs into a pie plate or bowl and beat them up with a fork.
In another plate, place your crushed saltines – I crushed the entire sleeve.
Dip both sides of each pork chop into the beaten egg.
and then press each side of each chop into the cracker crumbs.
Place in heated oil and cook over medium heat until browned, then turn and cook to brown on other side, removing when fully cooked and center is no longer pink.
Here is a photo of them just about to come out. It is a bit blurry but so are my kids when they run in and out of the kitchen wanting to know when supper is going to be ready….
so this pic will work just fine because they’re hungry 🙂
When your pork chops are completely done, remove them from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate.
Now it’s time to make our milk gravy.
There are just a few simple ingredients to making milk gravy and one of them is optional.
Flour, milk, salt and pepper are a must. Bacon grease makes it even better and I’m going to use it in this post but you can leave the grease out entirely if you like, you don’t even have to use oil.
It is entirely possible to make a perfectly good milk gravy with nothing but flour, salt, pepper, and milk. My mother was shocked when I told her this and others probably will be too so lets just keep the whole “greaseless milk gravy” thing to ourselves :).
If you are using bacon grease, go ahead and put it in a small skillet and place that over medium heat until melted.
I’ve been storing mine in the refrigerator so it may look a bit more solid than yours.
Now add your flour and give it a gooooood stir.
If you’re not using grease just put your flour in a dry skillet.
Continue cooking, stirring constantly, over medium to medium low heat until your flour is browned.
Now with bacon grease added the flour is going to quickly become paste-like. Without bacon grease it will just stay dry but it will still brown in a dry skillet. Stir constantly, especially if using a dry skillet, until your flour is good and browned.
You can go ahead and add the salt and pepper before it is done browning.
or whenever you think about adding it 🙂
This is a photo of my browned flour.
Remember, if you aren’t using bacon grease it will be dry instead of pasty but it will still brown.
Pour in milk while stirring.
Cook this over medium low, stirring constantly, until gravy is thickened.
To start with it is going to look like milk with a bunch of brown globs in it. Just hang in there and keep on stirring.
You’ll know it’s thickened when it coats the back of a spoon like this 🙂 If it gets too thick, just stir in a little more milk.
Serve pork chops with Meme’s Mashed potatoes and pour gravy over it all. YUM!
P.S. This entire meal is also excellent without the gravy if you have non-gravy lovers.
Come and get it!
- 4 Pork Chops (I prefer thicker, boneless ones but you can use whatever type you like)
- 1 sleeve saltine crackers
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons bacon grease (optional but sure is good)
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- 1½ cups milk
- Place vegetable oil to a depth of about ¼ of an inch in a large heavy bottomed skillet. Place over medium high heat while you prepare the pork chops.
- Crush saltines and place in a shallow bowl or plate (I use pie plates). Beat eggs and pour into bowl.
- Dip each pork chop in eggs on both sides, then press both sides down into cracker crumbs.
- Reduce oil temperature to medium. Add in pork chops to hot oil. Cook until browned on both sides (will need to turn) until completely done and no longer pink in the center.
- Remove to paper towel lined plate.
- Pour the bacon grease into a medium skillet over medium heat. Add flour and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly until flour begins to brown. Slowly pour in the milk while stirring constantly with wire whisk to break up any lumps. Lower heat to low and continue cooking and stirring until gravy thickens. If you prefer a thinner gravy, add more milk. Serve over mashed potatoes, pork chops, biscuits, and anything else you can come up with!
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