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Pork Chops with Potatoes

An old French recipe for slow cooked pork chops, onions, and potatoes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Pork Chops with Potatoes - a very old French recipe for slow cooked pork chops, onions, and potatoes. Melt in your mouth delicious! https://www.lanascooking.com/pork-chops-with-potatoes/

Pork Chops with Potatoes – a very old French recipe for slow cooked pork chops, onions, and potatoes. Melt in your mouth delicious!

If you’ve been following the whitewater rafting saga, you’ll remember that the last time I posted here I was going the next day to an orthopedic surgeon to find out whether surgery was necessary to repair the carnage wrought upon my ankle during our little foray on the Ocoee River. I’m happy to report that the visit went very well and I came away with the best possible news! Yes, both bones are broken just above the ankle, but no surgery is needed! I do, however, have to stay completely off my left foot for the next several weeks, but I can do that! I don’t even have to have a hard cast. The immobilization boot that I’m currently wearing is doing the job nicely and I’m very thankful for that as well.

Pork Chops with Potatoes - a very old French recipe for slow cooked pork chops, onions, and potatoes. Melt in your mouth delicious! https://www.lanascooking.com/pork-chops-with-potatoes/

So, while I’m still channeling Hopalong Cassidy (am I showing my age or what!), BeeBop is being a trooper and helping with everything that I can’t do on my own. Including all the cooking. Now, I ask you – when you leave the menu choices up to men what are you likely to get? Salads, no. Cute little appetizers and snacks, no. You’re going to get meat and potatoes. Am I right?

Yes, it may be meat and potatoes, but this recipe is just about as elegant as meat and potatoes gets, y’all. The original recipe comes from the Cooking Channel series French Food at Home which is presented by Laura Calder. I’ve watched just about every show in that series and have yet to see her make a recipe that I didn’t want to try.

How to Make Pork Chops with Potatoes

Laura’s recipe calls for four fatty pork chops. BeeBop found these gorgeous thick-cut chops at the grocery store and they were so big that we just used two of them. The original recipe also calls for juniper berries which, apparently, are unheard of by grocery stores in this part of the world. We subbed in two sprigs of fresh tarragon – the closest thing in taste that I could come up with. You can always just leave that out entirely if you like.

Inserting garlic slivers into pork chops.

You’ll start by creating little pockets with the point of a knife in the sides of the chops and inserting slivers of garlic. Then salt and pepper each side and brown the chops in some butter in a skillet over medium high heat.

Layering ingredients in a heavy pot.

Now layer half the potatoes and onions in a deep baking dish or Dutch oven. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Lay the chops on top, scatter the bacon over and add the tarragon.

Adding potatoes and onions to the pot.

Cover with the remaining potatoes and onion, sprinkle with salt and pepper and pour over the wine.

Note: Slicing the potatoes and onions is made infinitely easier by using a mandoline. BeeBop did all these in less than two minutes. Just saying.

Covering the pot contents with parchment paper.

Cut a piece of parchment to fit over the contents of the dish and lay it on top of the final layer of potatoes and onions. The lid makes a fine template for cutting the parchment.

Bake for one hour and 30 minutes, adding the stock halfway through the cooking. Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

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Pork Chops with Potatoes - a very old French recipe for slow cooked pork chops, onions, and potatoes. Melt in your mouth delicious! https://www.lanascooking.com/pork-chops-with-potatoes/

Pork Chops with Potatoes

An old French recipe for slow cooked pork chops, onions, and potatoes.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ pounds potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • ½ teaspoon juniper berries or 2 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • ½ cup white wine or beer
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut small pockets in the fatty sides of the pork chops and insert slivers of garlic. Sprinkle the chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the chops and cook until nicely browned on each side, about 5-6 minutes. Remove chops from pan and set aside.
  • Using a heavy, deep baking dish or Dutch oven, arrange half the potatoes and onions on the bottom. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay the chops on top, scatter over the bacon and tarragon. Cover with the remaining potatoes and onions. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Pour over the wine.
  • Cut a piece of baking parchment to fit over the contents of the dish and lay it on top of the final layer of potatoes and onions.
  • Bake for 1 hour, 30 minutes adding in the stock halfway through the cooking time.
  • Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 1316mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. If you or your neighbour have a juniper hedge in your garden pluck the purple “berriies” off the branches and let them dry a bit. Why pay someone to pick and sell them to you for $$ when you have them right under your living room window? They are flavourful and give the pork a “country” flavour!

  2. so glad Lana that no surgery is in your plans, what a relief – past all along the Ocoee, twisting all around while crossing over Tenn last month, beautiful country, did not get to it around Georgia but know it looked like it could give a pretty wild ride.
    Very nice chop dish BeeBop, ya better watch out, Lana may just keep you in the kitchen…. just saying…

  3. Looks heavenly. I tell you that BeeBop is a special guy. I think you can go to your juniper bushes in your yard and use their berries. Rosemary might provide the flavor that you need. Don’t take my word for that, ask a professional. Just a thought. Glad you are better.
    Love ya’ll (plural) bunches.
    Neena

    1. It was delicious! I think you’re right, rosemary would be very good in this, too. And, yes, he’s a very special guy. I think I’ll keep him!