This week’s recipe is Smothered Pork Steaks.
I gathered my ingredients:
5 slices of bacon (chopped)
1/2 of a small onion (sliced or chopped)
1 clove of garlic (diced) or 1 tsp of powdered garlic
3/4 cup chicken broth (I save mine from chicken I’ve roasted in the crock pot; which I freeze)
1 tsp thyme
3 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup cold water
Salt & Pepper
4 Pork Chops or Pork Steaks (I’ve used both)
The first thing I do is season both sides of my pork steaks or chop with salt and pepper. Next I fry my chopped bacon until done. Then place the cooked bacon on a paper towel to drain and remove the oil from my skillet (save about 2 Tbsps of bacon grease). Then sear the pork steaks on each side, then remove from the pan and place on the same plate as the bacon.
Nest I place the bacon grease I set aside in the skillet along with the onion to cook on a med heat until they start to turn a nice caramel color; when your onions are almost done (not before, because if you cook garlic too long it become biter) toss in your minced garlic.
Now at this point you can do one of two things; you can continue with this recipe cooking stove top or you can switch over to crock pot on low.
Stove top: I add my chicken broth, brown sugar, thyme in with my onions and give it a good stir. In a jar our cup mix your cold water and flour until lump free; now pour this in the skillet with the onion mixture along with your cooked bacon and give it a stir. Now place your pork steaks or chops into the mixture. Turn the heat down on low and cover with a lid. Let simmer until pork is tender and sauce has thickened. It was around 30 minutes for mine.
If cooking via crock pot, add the rest of your ingredients in the same order show for stove top method, set your temp to low and your dinner will be ready in a few hours.
During this particular meal I did not add the onions since the grandchildren were here for dinner.
The only thing I wish I had added a bit more flour so my sauce would have thickened more. Previous meals, the sauce was not quite gravy consistency; which is the way our family prefers.
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