Milk-Braised Pork Chops

Milk-Braised Pork Chops

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
371 Calories
23g Fat
13g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 371
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 431mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 270mg 21%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 603mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Deceptively simple, this recipe for milk-braised pork chops will pleasantly surprise your family or guests with its rich, complex flavors. It is best made using a pork butt roast but, unless you want leftovers (and the leftovers are delicious), you can make this with a couple of pork loin chops. The results aren't as fall-apart tender as they are using a butt roast, but the flavor is just as good—and the cooking time much shorter. 

Braising is a moist-heat cooking method and means cooking meat slowly in some type of liquid in an enclosed pot with low heat. In this case, the liquid is milk, which eventually becomes a sauce. Serve with sautéed spinach and roasted or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-inch thick) pork loin chops

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Milk-Braised Pork Chops ingredients

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  2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 250 F.

    Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper

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  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet. Add chops and brown on both sides.

    Add chops to skillet and brown on both sides

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  4. Arrange chops in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish and add enough of the milk so it comes halfway up the sides of the meat. Add the whole garlic cloves and rubbed sage.

    pork chops in a baking dish with whole garlic cloves and sage

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  5. Tightly cover baking dish with foil and place in the center of the oven. Cook for 45 minutes.

    pork chops in a baking dish covered with aluminum foil

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  6. Remove from the oven, turn chops over, re-cover, and return to oven for another 45 minutes.

    cooked pork chops in a baking dish

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  7. Meanwhile, thoroughly mix together the butter and flour in a small bowl (this is called a beurre manié).

    butter and flour mixture in a bowl

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  8. Set chops on a plate and keep warm. Pour the pan juices into a blender and puree until smooth.

    Pour the pan juices and flour mixture into a blender and purée

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  9. Pour the puree into a skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

    puree in a skillet

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  10. Add the beurre manié a bit at a time until it's all used, continuing to stir until thickened. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and serve over chops.

    milk sauce in a pan

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    Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

    Steam expands quickly in a blender and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

About Milk Braising

Most braising liquids include stocks, wine, beer, or just plain old water. Braising in milk exists in many cultures and is thought to have originated in Italy with pork. But, certainly, the technique exists in Thai and other Asian cuisines where coconut milk is used and, undoubtedly, goat milk in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine.

It is believed milk’s lactic acid tenderizes the pork, making it receptive to soaking up the flavors in the sauce. The pan juices become a sort of milk gravy. 

A similar recipe that takes much less time is skillet pork chops in milk gravy. The pork isn't braised in the liquid, but the end result is a juicy pork chop with a nice crust that is smothered in a rich sauce.