Drunken Pork Chops

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it’s finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don’t worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

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Sometimes it feels like there is no time at all on weeknights. By the time we get home, it’s usually 6pm. And once we’ve gotten dinner together, eaten it and cleaned up, its usually around 7:30pm. Throw a bath in there and the bedtime routine and the whole thing goes by way too fast.

I constantly find myself trying to grab the small moments that occur during these times to get me through my long days at work. They are the most fun and special times and often the most simple of moments.

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

The other night the girls had gotten out of the bath and were hanging out on our bed in their fresh diapers and jammies. A was hiding under our covers and T was sitting next to her and started pulling the covers off, as though she was playing peek-a-boo with A.

Each time she would pull the blanket up, A would squeal and this would make T start cracking up with the biggest, happiest belly laughs. This went on for quite a while and all of us had such fun! It’s the most simple times that are also some of most special of times.

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

One thing that allows us to have a little more quality time is making foods that have minimal work at the beginning and then a bunch of downtime. Especially if that recipe also ends up tasting amazing.

My mom is really great at coming up with recipes like this. And she’s always very generous in sharing them with me! So when she texted me and told me I had to try these awesome pork chops she made, I said of course and got to work.

I’m calling these Drunken Pork Chops because much like me, they love a good red wine. I know some people aren’t into cooking with alcohol. If this is you that’s totally cool, no judgement, but this probably isn’t the recipe for you. I have many other recipes which do not include alcohol of any sort that you’ll love!

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

But if you’re ok with a little booze in your food, you will fall in love with these pork chops. They have the most savory, delicious flavor that only wine can bring to a dish. And once you’ve done the ten minutes of work up front, you have a good hour of down time to hang with your kids or read a good book (or drinks some of the leftover wine!!).

I used thin sliced pork chops for this because they become tender and delicious as they braise in that glorious wine sauce, but they don’t need to go forever the way thicker chops often do.

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

This recipe also has plenty of sauce with super tender and flavorful onions. This could easily be strained and thickened into an awesome gravy but in the interest of laziness I prefer to serve it with a nice, crusty loaf of bread to sop up every last drop! This sauce is so tasty that you may find yourself strongly considering drinking it with a straw. No judgement. I live that life.

It makes 8 thin pork chops which is a good amount for our little family, with leftovers for me to bring for lunch (or J, if he wants to battle with me over who gets them!). I could easily feed four adults if you’re not concerned with having leftovers.

Other tasty pork dishes include:

Drunken Pork Chops

Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

5 minPrep Time

1 hr, 10 Cook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

Yields 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 8 thin cut, boneless pork chops (mine we around 1/4 inch thick)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 3-4 smashed garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of wine
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of beef or chicken broth (I prefer beef for a richer flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
  • Water (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Pat your pork chops dry and season well with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. In batches, sear each chop until browned on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side and then place them into a side plate. Make sure you don't overload the pan!
  4. Once all the pork chops are browned and out of the pan, add the other Tbsp. of oil and then your sliced onion and smashed garlic.
  5. Season them with salt and pepper to taste and saute them stirring constantly for a minute or two.
  6. Next, add the wine to the pan and scrape up the brown bits with a wooden spatula to deglaze the pan.
  7. After the wine has simmered for a minute or two, add your broth and tomato paste. Stir well to combine and add your pork chops back into the pan. Bring it to a boil.
  8. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for an hour, stirring periodically. IF it starts to dry out, add a little water (I didn't run into this issue). Serve immediately after the hour is up.
  9. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Pork, family meal, easy | Recipe Type: Dinner, Entree
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Drunken Pork Chops is one of the easiest dinner recipes for busy families. This is low-maintenance cooking at it's finest that makes the most delicious, savory sauce with simple ingredients like red wine and onions- even your kids will love it (don't worry, the alcohol cooks off)!

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    January 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm This looks soooo good! I just pinned it to my personal board to try for dinner. I'm all about pork chops + wine, but I usually use white, so can't wait to try it with red and a little tomato paste. I bet it makes these so rich and delicious. Tracy | Baking Mischief recently posted...Quick and Easy Small Batch of Pico de GalloMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:35 am Thank you! I also use white more often so when my mom said red I knew I had to give them a shot!
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    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
    January 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm This looks super hearty! Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish recently posted...Easy Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli RecipeMy Profile
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:34 am Thank you :)
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    Ali from Home & Plate
    January 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm This is my kind of dinner. Easy and delicious. I love pork chops but they can be boring without some kind of sauce and this sounds delicious. I will have to put this on my dinner menu for later this week. Yum.
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:34 am I agree, Ali- they need an extra something! I'm always looking for ways to make them more delicious!
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    Luci's Morsels
    January 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm Savoring those moments is so hard during the weeknights - even just for me and my husband. Dinners with little prep time and little cleanup are such a great way to prioritize that precious time!
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:56 am I'm so with you :)
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    Carla
    January 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm This sounds amazing. Definitely going to give this a try. Do you add the pork chops back into the pan with the broth? Andy loves porkchops I can't wait to see what he thinks about this.
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      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:33 am I don't know how I missed that- I added them in right after stirring in the broth and tomato paste! I just updated the recipe :)
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    2pots2cook
    January 25, 2017 at 6:50 am Hello! Simple ingredients usually make the best of meals. Thank you !
    • Reply
      Jessy
      January 25, 2017 at 8:31 am I agree :)
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    Jane
    February 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm Do you have any recommendations re: what kind of wine?
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      Jessy
      February 23, 2017 at 9:15 am Hi Jane- good question! I tend to favor dry red wines. We typically always have a bottle of a a California Cabernet Sauvignon in the house as well as Red Zinfandel. If you're looking for Old World wines a French Bordeaux is usually our go-to or for Italian it's a Chianti, Sangiovese or a Brunello. I would encourage you to avoid sweeter reds like Lambrusco for this dish because I think the sweet flavor would be a bit much with the other flavors. Enjoy!
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    Hannah
    May 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm An hour seems like a long time to simmer. This doesn't end up with rubbery porkchops? Just wanted to make sure I have the times right! Thanks for the recipe! It's cooking right now!
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      Jessy
      May 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm They simmer at a lower temperature so that they break down and get tender. The idea behind "low and slow". If you're using thicker chops you might need to go longer as thick ones could take longer to break down. Enjoy!
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    Hannah
    May 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm You were absolutely right! These were absolutely scrumptious. Thanks for the lesson!
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      Jessy
      May 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm I'm so glad you loved them! I totally had my doubts as well before I tasted them :)
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    Colleen
    May 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm I can't wait to try the recipe tomorrow, but you might want to make one edit. Reread step 6 closely. I think you meant bits. :)
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      Jessy
      May 30, 2017 at 9:36 pm Hahaha thank you for the heads up- I just fixed it. I promise I was NOT drunk when I wrote this, contrary to what my typos and the recipe name implies ;)
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      Jessy
      May 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm I hope you enjoy this!
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    Natalie
    June 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm Have you ever tried putting all the ingredients in a crockpot? I've never cooked pork chops before and was going to try this tonight. I saw a bunch of pork chop crockpot recipes when I came across this one. It looks delicious!!!
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      Jessy
      June 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm Hi Natalie- I haven't but I bet it would be amazing! I think I'd like to try it like that, although I might use thicker chops (or reduce the cooking time from the usual 8 hours on low that you typically find in these type of recipes). Enjoy!
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    Jason
    June 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm Wish you would have specified Red wine in your initial ingredient list.
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      Jessy
      June 23, 2017 at 11:03 am Bummer, it sounds like you missed my paragraph in the post about red wine and all the photos featuring the red sauce, I'll update that. :( This can be made with white wine as well and still taste delicious, so hopefully it tasted great still!

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