Holly’s Hunter Pork Chops are a hearty meal of pork chops and sauerkraut that will warm anyone after a long day afield or working outdoors. A great fall or winter meal. Serves 4.
Requires an oven and an oven capable skillet, dish or pan that can hold 4 pork chops comfortably.
Ideally, brown the chops in the pan add the Kraut and put it in the oven, but you can be imaginative and use a baking dish or pan to bake the chops in after browning in the skillet.)
4 small pork chops
2 cups (16 oz) of Boar’s Head Sauerkraut, (or your favorite kraut)
6 Slices of Swiss Cheese (or Mozzarella; shredded Mozzarella can be used; 2-3 cups)
2 Tbsp Garlic Powder (not Garlic Salt)
2 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Seasoned Salt (Season All or equivalent; Lowry’s Seasoned Salt)
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 ½ – 2 cups Italian Bread Crumbs
1 – 12oz bottle Sam Adams Oktoberfest or Original Lager beer (or other equivalent craft beer of your choice. You can use the cheap stuff too, but it will affect the outcome. I used my homebrew.) Might as well buy the 12 and drink some of them with the meal; they go great with the pork chops!
4 Tbsp Bacon grease (may substitute Canola, Vegetable, or Olive oil in that order)
Mix all dry ingredients in a plastic container with a lid that can withstand shaking. Shake it all up!
In a bowl that will allow you to dip the Pork chops, beat the two eggs with about a Tbsp of water until well mixed.
Dry the pork chops with paper towel and dip in the egg mixture until well coated; place in the container with the dry ingredient mix. Once all chops are in the container, put the lid on and shake until well coated; place in refrigerator for a couple of hours (or more if desired; longer allows bread crumbs to better bond to the meat and spices to flavor the meat as well).
Pull the chops out of the frig and brown in a heated skillet that can go in the oven. Don’t be afraid to use high heat to brown the chops; 3-5 mins/side until browned. (Cooking will be finished in the oven, so don’t over brown them.)
Once the pork chops are browned, remove from the pan but leave the heat on; deglaze the pan with about 4 oz of the beer.
Once done, turn off the heat and put the chops back in the pan, cover with the kraut and then pour a half cup beer or so over the kraut covered chops; do not add too much so as to smother the chops with the beer. The beer level should be about 1/3rd way up the height of the chops.
Drink the rest of the beer at this point. ?;->
Put the pan uncovered into a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes to finish cooking.
At about 40 minutes or so, remove from the oven, put the Cheese over the top, and place back in the oven until cheese melts and perhaps begins to brown depending on the cheese used.
Remove from oven, rest a few minutes, and serve.
(Holly’s Hunter Pork Chops)