This recipe is guaranteed to give you fork-tender pork chops every time!
It's really hard to make this meal look amazing. It's just so.. brown. But this is one of my go-to meals. I've made this for years and have changed it up sometimes.
You can use thin cut chops, thick cut, bone-in.. it doesn't matter. Whatever you use the results will be the same, tender and tasty!
The basic ingredients are:
1 1/4 cup rice (I usually use long grain white rice)
1/2 envelope of Lipton dried onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups water
4-6 pork chops
As an option you can also add 1/4 cup of red wine.
I also will substitute the water for broth for extra flavor. It really doesn't matter as long as your rice to liquid ratio is 1:2.
Made the original way, it reminds me of the chicken and rice that my mom used to make when I was little.
This is what I used for our meal last night. 1 can of beef consume, one can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup water, 1/2 envelope of dried soup, and then the rice medley. Let me tell ya! I was so happy to find this. I was in Petty's in Tulsa the other day and I'm always excited to find products I can't buy in my little town. This may not be new to the rest of the world but it's new to me! It's a "mushroom medley" that has white rice, long grain rice, shiitake mushrooms, and carrots in it. I started thinking about what I could make with it and this recipe came to mind. I knew I had pork chops in the freezer and was happy to see I had a little package of thin pork chops and it would be perfect for us empty nesters!
Let's do this!In a mixing bowl whisk together your rice, dried soup mix, and liquid. Set aside.
Season your chops with salt and pepper. I also used a dash or two of hot seasoned salt.
Heat skillet to med-high heat and then add a little bit of oil. I actually had too much in this picture. The idea is you want to sear your meat on each side to seal in the flavors. You don't want to cook the meat. I usually work with one or two pieces of meat at a time because the process should go relatively fast.
The seared meat. I wish it had a nice golden color to it so the picture would be pretty.
Spray your casserole dish with cooking spray and then pour in your rice mixture. Lay your pork chops on top.
Cover and then bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for one hour.
Take your dog for a ride in the boat
And when you come home goodness will be waiting!
This recipe can also be made in a crock pot if you like, I just prefer the texture of the rice when it's been baked in the oven.
If you aren't really a pork person you could easily use chicken. I think the thin cut breasts would be perfect for this recipe. And if you want to add veggies you could do that as well. Broccoli, green beans, or mushrooms would be a great addition.
Life on the lake is laid back. When we cook it's far from being fancy affair. It's all about relaxing with friends and family and enjoying comfort food. More often than not it's not all that healthy but boy it sure is good!!!