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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
- Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy
- 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork Chops
- Pork Stew
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
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
- 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)
- In a large skillet heat 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium high heat.
- Pat your pork chops dry and season well with salt and pepper on both sides.
- 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!
- 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.
- Season them with salt and pepper to taste and saute them stirring constantly for a minute or two.
- Next, add the wine to the pan and scrape up the brown bits with a wooden spatula to deglaze the pan.
- 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.
- 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.
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