Sylvia's Smothered Pork Chops
Makes 8 servings.
8 (3/4-inch thick) shoulder pork chops
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, divided
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
2 cups water
Trim excess fat from the edges of the pork chops. Sprinkle each with
some of the 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Season 2 cups flour with the
remaining 1 tablespoon salt and pepper. Dredge chops in the flour
until coated on all sides, shaking off excess flour.
Pour the vegetable oil in a deep, heavy skillet, such as cast iron,
over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shake slightly, add as
many pork chops as will fit without crowding. Fry, turning once,
until well-browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove chops to a
plate and repeat with remaining chops.
Pour off all but 1/4 cup drippings from the skillet. Reduce the heat
to medium and add onions, green peppers and celery. Cook until brown
and soft, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour over the
vegetables and bottom of the skillet. Cook, stirring, until flour is
golden brown. Slowly pour in 2 cups water. Stir, then cook until
Place pork chops in a Dutch oven or divide between two skillets. Top
with the gravy and vegetables. Cover tightly and cook over low heat
until pork chops are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Source: Recipe courtesy of Sylvia's Restaurant, New York