Discover the Perfect Pork Chops in a Dutch Oven

Are you searching for a hearty and flavorful dinner option that will leave your family craving more? Look no further than these mouthwatering Cast Iron Dutch Oven Pork Chops. This recipe is guaranteed to impress with its simple ingredients and juicy, tender texture.

Pork chops in the dutch oven with mushrooms and onions.

When the fall season arrives, my go-to weeknight meal is the smothered pork chops in the Dutch oven. It’s like a warm and cozy hug, reminiscent of my Classic Chicken Noodle Soup. If you’re serving a large crowd, you can also try making Dutch Oven Pulled Pork or Traditional Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork).

Don’t worry if pork isn’t your favorite protein; there are plenty of alternatives. You could explore the delectable flavors of Dutch Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts with a white wine pan sauce, or enjoy the tangy goodness of Dutch Oven BBQ Chicken Thighs. And for a comforting classic, indulge in a Simple Dutch Oven Shepherd’s Pie.

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Why You’ll Fall in Love with This Recipe

Let me entice you with all the reasons why these Dutch Oven Pork Chops are a must-try:

  • Creamy Delight: A heavenly combination of heavy cream and flour creates a luscious sauce that coats the meat, mushrooms, and onions, making it irresistibly creamy.
  • Cast Iron Sear: The Dutch oven’s unique properties help develop a beautiful crust on the pork, enhancing its flavor and texture.
  • Explosion of Flavors: With garlic, shallots, herbs, and vinegar, the sauce bursts with an explosion of taste, elevating the entire dish.
  • Veggie-packed: Loaded with mushrooms and onions, this recipe is a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables.
  • One Pot Wonder: The chops are seared to perfection, while the veggies and sauce are cooked together in one pan, heightening the flavors. The caramelized bits from searing the pork blend harmoniously with the sauce.
  • Decadently Hearty: Thick-cut chops, mushrooms, and heavy cream make this recipe an absolute indulgence.
  • Effortless Dinner: In just about 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious meal ready to impress your family and friends.
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Ingredients needed to make pork chops in a Dutch oven.

Ingredients & Substitutions

To create these Dutch Oven Pork Chops, you’ll need:

  • Boneless Pork Chops (You can also use bone-in pork chops if you prefer.)
  • Salt (Adjust the amount based on the saltiness of your chicken stock.)
  • Mushrooms (Feel free to choose your favorite variety, such as white, baby bella, or any other type you enjoy. If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you can explore substitutes in my alternate Mushroom guide.)

For the complete list of ingredients and their quantities, refer to the recipe card below.

How to Prepare Dutch Oven Pork Chops

Let’s explore the step-by-step process of making these irresistible pork chops.

Quick Overview

  1. Season and sear the pork chops.
  2. Sauté the veggies.
  3. Deglaze the pan.
  4. Add the pork back in and simmer.

Step-by-Step Instructions

A 6-photo collage showing how to sear the pork chops in the Dutch oven and sauté shallots.

  1. Begin by seasoning one side of the pork chops with half of the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a shallow Dutch oven with olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the seasoned side of the pork chops down. Season the other side with the remaining salt and pepper.
  3. Sear the chops for 3-4 minutes or until they turn a golden brown color. Flip them over and sear the other side for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove the pork chops from the pan and set them aside.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add butter to the Dutch oven.
  6. Sauté garlic and shallots for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
    A 6-photo collage showing how to sauté the veggies and make the sauce.
  7. Add thyme, oregano, and paprika to the Dutch oven and sauté for approximately 1 minute.
  8. Incorporate onions and mushrooms into the mixture, sautéing for 5-7 minutes or until they have reduced by about half.
  9. Sprinkle flour into the pan and cook for approximately 1 minute.
  10. Deglaze the pan by adding chicken stock and scraping off any brown bits from the bottom. Stir in the cream.
  11. Bring the mixture to a simmer and return the pork chops to the pan.
  12. Allow the sauce to reduce for about 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired thickness. Keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Adjust the sauce’s saltiness to your taste.
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Recipe Serving Suggestions

The succulent pork, adorned with its creamy sauce, pairs perfectly with several side dishes capable of soaking up the rich flavors. Here are some delightful serving suggestions:

  • Serve the pork chops over Buttery Basmati Rice made in the Instant Pot or alongside the best Red Skin Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream.
  • Complement the dish with Cheesy Oven-Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes or Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes for a delicious dipping experience.
  • Add some vibrant color to your plate with Stovetop Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots or crispy Balsamic Brussels Sprouts.
  • Savor the combination of flavors by enjoying warm buttery Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls or Cheesy Garlic Savory Cinnamon Rolls alongside your meal.

These Side Dishes For Pulled Pork Sandwiches are also perfect accompaniments to enhance the experience of these delectable pork chops.

Expert Tips & Variations

To ensure your Dutch Oven Pork Chops turn out perfectly every time, here are some expert tips and variations:

  • Pat Dry: Before searing, make sure to dry the meat thoroughly to prevent it from steaming.
  • One Pot Wonder: For maximum flavor infusion, use the same pan for searing the pork and cooking the sauce. This way, all those rich brown bits will contribute to the overall taste.
  • Sear with Precision: Develop a beautiful sear by allowing the meat to develop some color before flipping or removing it from the pan.
  • Deglazing Magic: Utilize the chicken broth to release and incorporate any browned bits stuck to the pan.
  • Thickening the Sauce: Simmer the sauce until it thickens to your liking. Bear in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Add Greens: For an extra burst of veggies, consider tossing in a handful of spinach or kale with the mushrooms and onions.
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Dutch oven pork chop with mushrooms and onions on top.

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