{My Recipes} Rustic Skillet Pork Chops

Sometimes there just must be butter. A good amount of butter.

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
Minced onion
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 :)
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  1. That just looks SO good!!!! I love to cook in an iron skillet but can't do it at home since we have the flat ceramic top stove. I used a cast iron kettle here in the camper last night for my potato soup. You have been a good cook all your life! Remember the baked beans you used to make when you were just 2 years old? And those pecan sticky rolls? We are coming home Monday and we're already looking forward to Wednesday!

    1. VERY glad to know y'all will be here next week! Mike is working late that day so I'll be glad to have help.

  2. Gotta love Butter and good ol cast iron skillet. I take bonless pork chops and then bread them bread crumbs (from the $1 store) and then bake them in the oven. I but Butter in the bottom of the pan and then place them in the oven covered up for about an hour. I then will uncover them for about 10 mins more. You will have some the most tender pork chops you have ever ate. I sometimes leave them in longer covered up because that just makes them all the more tender. You won't need a knife to cut them. Sherri

  3. Looks yummy, but I don't have a cast iron skillet, hoping a regular skillet will work, also never have done sweet potatoes in microwave, do I just push the bake potato button ?
    Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Yes regular skillet should work! And the potato button is exactly what you use to microwave sweet potatoes. They actually cook better in there than regular potatoes do. Normally I prefer baked potatoes from the oven, but when you mash them up it tastes just fine. :)


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