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Breaded Porkchops with Thick Mushroom Gravy

I don't think food has to be fancy to be tasty. I have to make my family dinner every night, and I don't have the time or money for the crazy elaborate recipes I find on most cooking sites. The thing is, I don't want to just make the same stuff over and over, and I don't want to make bland boring food. So, my goal many nights is to just make something basic into something delicious.

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Breaded Porkchops with Thick Mushroom Gravy

by zirbirt

I don't think food has to be fancy to be tasty. I have to make my family dinner every night, and I don't have the time or money for the crazy elaborate recipes I find on most cooking sites. The thing is, I don't want to just make the same stuff over and over, and I don't want to make bland boring food. So, my goal many nights is to just make something basic into something delicious.

Sometimes the answer is in adding a little spice. Other times it might be just changing the way I cook it. In the case of this next recipe, it was just adding what I had in the fridge to the end of it.

So, to begin I had some slices of pork tenderloin that I was going to make for dinner.

First thing I did was trim the excess fat off of these. Not all of the fat, just the thick fatty areas you see above.

Then, I laid them one at a time on my baking mat (on saran wrap works fine) and put a piece of saran wrap over them. I also went and got my meat mallet (if you don't have one, a can of beans or soup with a flat bottom will work too).

Next up, I take out some aggression.. Not too much, I don't want a meat pancake, I just want this to be evenly about 1/2 inch thick. I begin from the middle and work my way out.

I do this to all 3 pieces of meat, then set them aside.

I take a paper plate and put in 1/2 cup flour, 1 Tsp salt, 1 Tbsp paprika, a little parsley, and a bit of pepper... and mix that together.

I then coat each piece of meat in the flour mixture.

Once they are all coated. I put a skillet over medium-high heat (about 6 or 7) and add 2 Tbsp of oil to the pan (or butter, but it may scorch). While the pan is warming I prep my area.

First I take 1 egg, and 1/2 cup milk and whisk them together.

Then I take another paper plate and put some Panko bread crumbs on it. I set both of these things along with the meat next to the stove, so they are ready to roll.

Once my pan is warmed up (good and hot), I take the meat and dredge it in the egg/milk mixture. Then Coat it in the bread crumbs and place it in the pan. I don't suggest doing more than 2 at a time, as overloading the pan will mess with the heat and may give you undesired results.

Now I add a dash of salt and a little pepper on top and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Then turn them over, and again add a dash of salt and a little pepper on top.

I cook this for about 3 more minutes and place it on a wire rack over a baking sheet.

Now, these are not fully cooked. If I fully cooked them on the stove, that nice brown crust would become blackened. So, instead, I put them on wire rack on a baking sheet.. and once they are all prepped, I put them in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Now, I have this pan full of flavor and seasoning from cooking these, so I'm thinking this flavor may be useful.

So, I set the heat to medium low and toss in 1 Tbs of butter and let it melt.

Then I put in 1 Tbs of flour and stir the butter and flour and all that extra stuff in the pan together.

I then let that heat till it begins to bubble.

Now, I toss in 1 cup of water, and just mix that up until the lumps dissolve in... I still keep the heat on and let it do its thing.

Very soon it will start to thicken up, once it does I throw in a few chopped mushrooms, a little salt, some pepper.

Now, I let this heat to boiling, then simmer for about 5 minutes.

Oddly, this gravy is usually done at about the same time my meat is finished in the oven. Make sure to check that your meat is fully cooked. You do not want to serve raw pork to your family.

Once finished I just lay pork on the plate and pour some of this gravy over it...

That is it. No fancy ingredients, no fancy tricks, just a simple honest home cooked pork dinner... that is delicious.

Hope you enjoy this!

zirbirt
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