I had some bone-in pork chops that the husband had thrown into the cart last time we were at Costco. It's notoriously difficult for me to cook pork chops without drying them out and making them too tough, since I'd always err on the side of caution and be sure the meat is fully done. I usually avoid bone-in chops because they're even more challenging. But this time I wanted a dinner that was rustic, old-fashioned almost. So naturally it called for butter and a cast iron skillet over an open flame...of my gas stovetop. Ha.
What you need:
4 tbsp butter
Ground sea salt
Ground black pepper
6 bone-in pork chops
Heat the oven to 350F. Add 2 pats of butter (2 tbsp) to cast iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat on stove top. Once it's hot, place two pork chops in the pan. Sprinkle the tops with minced onion, salt and pepper. Flip when the white opaqueness begins to come up the side of the chops. Season the other side.
Add more butter if melted butter in skillet becomes sparse. Once all your chops have been cooked on either side, place them on a large foil-lined cookie sheet and bake in the 350F oven for 5-6 minutes. When cooked through (pork should reach 140 to 160 degrees F internal temperature), place on serving dish and let rest.
To complement the pork, I chopped up some fresh zucchini and yellow squash and threw them into the cast iron skillet. I only added a little salt and pepper and let them soak up the flavor already in the pan.
Meanwhile, I cooked three sweet potatoes in my microwave then mashed them up with some more butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Totally reminds me of Thanksgiving!
It was a nice hearty meal and the husband loved the flavor of the pork chops and marveled over how tender they were. Ha! Plus the kids ate everything I made plus some cheese and fruit for their dinner. Success!
Happy eating :)