Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pork chops cooked with shallots and beer

Pork chops have been one of my favorites since childhood.  These are tender and flavorful..  The beer blends nicely with the pork flavor, and the caramelized shallots add a nice touch.  These make a good weeknight meal, but are good enough to make when company comes over as well.

2 Tbs. oil
3 large or 6 small shallots, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
2-4 pork chops
1 12 oz. bottle Lager-style beer


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Arrange shallot slices in the bottom of the pan.  Place the larger slices towards the center of the pan. 

Cook shallots for 2 minutes.  Then add shallots to the pan, and pour 3/4 cup of the beer over them.

Cook shallots for 10 minutes on each side.  Add more beer if you see that there is no liquid visible in the pan.  Continue to cok until pork chops are done.  You may need to cut into centers of chope to see if they are done.  When pork chops are cooked to your liking, remove them from the pan.

Add 1/4 cup more beer to the shallots in the pan.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until visible liquid has cooked away, and the shallots have begun to turn a light brown color.

Remove from heat, and serve pork chops with shallots.  Barbecue sauce tastes great on these!

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