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Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.'s Smothered Pork Recipe

Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.:

Smothered Pork Chops And Sautéed Greens

Yield: Serves 6, 1 serving = 1 pork chop, 1/6 sautéed greens


 Smothered Pork Chops

  • 6 pork loin chops (“natural” center cut, bone-in)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic powder
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 1-½ cups sliced onions
  • ½ cup sliced scallions on the bias


Sautéed Greens

  • 8 cups chopped fresh collard greens, blanched
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup onions, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (optional)


Pork Chops

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F

  2. Mix black pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder together

  3. Use half of mixture to season both sides of the pork chops, and mix the other half with 1 cup flour

  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of flour mix for later

  5. Lightly coat pork chops with seasoned flour

  6. Heat oil in large dutch oven or oven-ready sauté pan (no rubber handles) on medium-high

  7. Fry pork chops for 2-4 minutes on each side or until desired crispness

  8. Remove from pan and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of oil

  9. Cook onions until translucent, about 4-6 minutes

  10. Stir in 2 tablespoons of reserved flour and mix well with onions for about 1 minute

  11. Slowly, add beef stock and stir until thickened

  12. Return pork chops to pan and coat with sauce

  13. Cover or wrap with foil and cook in oven for at least 30-45 minutes at 350 F

  14. Remove from oven and let rest at least 5-10 minutes before serving

Sautéed Greens

  1. To blanch greens, add greens to a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds

  2. Strain boiling water off and quickly transfer to ready bowl of ice and water

  3. Let cool then strain, dry greens and set aside

  4. In large sauté pan on medium-high heat melt butter and oil together

  5. Add onions and garlic, cook until slightly browned, about 4-6 minutes

  6. Add collard greens and black and red pepper and cook for 5-8 minutes on high-heat, stirring constantly

  7. Remove from heat, add vinegar if desired and stir

Nutrition Per Serving

Smothered Pork Chops
Calories 464
Protein 27 g
Carbohydrate 26 g
Total Fat 28 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 71 mg
Potassium 604 mg
Phosphorus 289 mg
Sodium 108 mg
Sauteed Greens
Calories 90
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 7 g
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Potassium 242 mg
Phosphorus 37 mg
Sodium 31 mg