Smothered Pork Chops

This week was all about experimenting..and utilizing what was in my freezer. Typically when I grocery shop and run across a good meat sale I cannot resist stocking up!  That being said, I usually end up with a freezer full of food that needs to be cooked. My goal this week was to use everything I already had in stock! I am beyond thrilled with the results!! This recipe is simple and fast!

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Pork Chops
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 whole sweet onion, sliced
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 30 minutes • Serves: 3

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Earlier in the day I laid out a package of boneless pork chops. I am that weird person who cannot stand to eat bone in meat. So I always purchase boneless and skinless meat. I took the pork chops and heavily seasoned them with salt, pepper and one of my go to seasonings: Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute. Add olive oil to a saucepan on medium heat. When the oil starts to dance lay your pork chops seasoned side down. While one side is cooking heavily season the opposite side. Cook each side for 3-4 minutes until you develop a nice browning.

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To ensure you pork chops have reached the proper temperature use a meat thermometer. The temperature should be 145 degrees. I finished my pork chops off in the oven for 10 minutes it just depends on the thickness of your pork chops.

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In the same saucepan, saute sliced onion.  When the onions start to become clear add in the minced garlic. When I prep my meals for the week I always cook a 1/2 pound of bacon in the oven. This makes it easy to throw into recipes or have a quick breakfast. Chop 5 pieces of cooked bacon and add to onion and garlic mixture. After onions have caramelized add in 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and stir. As the cream cheese melts everything will stick together. Slowly add in the vegetable broth to thin out the cream cheese mixture.

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Once the sauce is smooth and bubbling slightly remove from heat.

Spoon over pork chops. This sauce is very versatile. If you run out of pork chops before you run out of sauce add in sour cream to make a yummy caramelized dip!

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Enjoy!

Xoxo

Ashley

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