The second part of the soul food feast we prepared was smothered pork chops. This is a simple but tasty recipe: pork chops that are cooked low and slow in onion gravy. Of course we made this sous-vide, but you can make it on the stovetop, too. The most important for this dish is to get good pork chops, which means they shouldn’t be too lean.
For 3 servings
3 pork chops
1 onion, thinly sliced
500 ml (2 cups) pork stock
2 Tbsp corn starch
self-raising flour (or simply flour)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil, or 2 Tbsp pork fat
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
Our pork chops came with a thick layer of fat that we trimmed and from which we rendered fat to brown the pork chops. Using pork fat will provide more flavor than using vegetable oil.
Combine 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp celery salt, 1/4 tsp paprika and 1/4 tsp black pepper in a small bowl.
Stir until mixed.
Rub the pork chops with this mixture on both sides. Reserve any remaining seasoning mix.
Sprinkle the pork chops with (self-raising) flour on both sides.
Heat 2 Tbsp pork fat or vegetable oil in a frying pan and add the pork chops, shaking off excess flour.
Brown the pork chops on both sides.
When the pork chops are golden brown, take them out of the pan and set aside.
Add a sliced onion to the fat remaining in the pan.
Season with the remaining seasoning mix, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the onions are soft and slightly golden.
If cooking sous-vide, vacuum seal the pork chops with the onions and cook sous-vide for 48 hours at 57C/135F.
Mix 2 tablespoons of corn starch with some cold water until smooth, then add this to 500 ml (2 cups) pork stock and stir to mix.
If you cooked the meat sous-vide, separate the onions from the meat and put the onions in a frying pan. If not cooking sous-vide, the onions are still in the frying pan. Add the pork stock.
Bring to a boil, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, and paprika.
Put the pork chops into the sauce.
If they were already cooked sous-vide, just leave them in the sauce for a couple of minutes to warm through.
If not cooking sous-vide, simmer the pork chops in the sauce over low heat until tender, about an hour.
Serve the pork chops covered with the sauce.
A combination of humble and luxurious ingredients that is very tasty: chicken gizzards sous-vide with celery, celeriac, and cream of foie gras. When properly trimmed, chicken gizzards cooked sous-vide are an amazingly flavorful and tender piece of meat.