Smothered Pork Chop Scalloped Potato Casserole
This smothered pork chop scalloped potato casserole recipe is the perfect meal in one dish. The base of the casserole is made of scalloped potatoes, while the browned pork chops are placed on top. As a result, the potatoes pick up all the pork chops juices resulting in a hearty comfort meal. Lisa, the author of My Incredible Recipes recipe blog, makes this pork chop recipe for her family all the time because they love the creamy comfort of it. If you are looking for pork dinner ideas, this pork chop recipe takes just over an hour to make and includes both your meat and a side. If you would like to extend the meal further, pair with a salad or steamed green beans. Your family will be bound to love this saucy pork chop dish as much as Lisa’s family does.
Although scalloped potato recipes are time consuming, because they usually include a white sauce, this version is incredibly easy. Thinly sliced potatoes are layered a casserole dish and then topped with a mixture of golden onions, creamy mushroom soup and milk. The mushroom soup helps thicken the sauce without the need of making a white sauce on the stove. Consider using this method in the future whenever you require easy recipes for scalloped potatoes. The best way to ensure you have the best scalloped potatoes possible is to slice them very thin. You can use a knife, but a mandoline slicer will produce the most consistent results. Thinly sliced potatoes will bake much faster than thick ones and will also cake together into perfect serving slices. Lisa doesn’t mention what kind of potato to use in this dish, but waxy potato, like Yukon Gold, would be a delicious choice.
This easy meal consists of pork loin chops that are cut very thick. Thick cuts work best in this kind of pork recipe, because of the lengthy cooking time in the oven. If the pork chops are any thinner, they may dry out very easily despite the amount of sauciness in the dish. If you can’t find thick cut pork loin chops, consider substituting with thickly sliced pork centre chops as an alternative. These may be wider, so they will fit quite snuggly on top of the easy potato gratin. Simply overlap the pork chops slightly so that they all fit on top of the potatoes.
Before baking, the pork chops get seasoned with a very flavourful spice mixture, including garlic powder, oregano, thyme and adobo. The adobo is one of the most interesting ingredients in this pork recipe, because it may not be something most people have in their kitchen. Adobo can be a marinade or dry rub consisting of spices like paprika, garlic, and oregano.
This mixture originated in Spain but has moved onto places like South American and the Philippine’s as well. Since it is often used with pork, it makes complete sense to use in this pork casserole recipe. If you can’t locate adobo in your local grocery store, though, simply substitute with a mixture of spices found in your pantry. Simply mix some paprika with garlic powder, onion powder and oregano. Sometimes, dried citrus peel will be included in the rub, so you can add some freshly grated orange or lemon zest if desired. Once you have tried this pork dinner recipe, you will want to include it in your meal roster for all cold weather dinners. The spiced pork chops and creamy potatoes lend themselves perfectly to family fare. Thank you to Lisa, the author of My Incredible Recipes recipe blog, for sharing her smother pork chop casserole recipe with us.
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