Pork Chop and Potato Casserole: A Satisfying Comfort Meal

A pork chop and potato casserole is the ultimate comfort meal, perfect for winding down after a long day. Imagine tender pork chops and soft potatoes slow-cooked in the oven, allowing them to absorb incredible flavors and reach perfect tenderness. If you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal that requires only 15 minutes of prep, this is it. Forget about boring baked pork chops; when combined with onion soup and potatoes, you’ll have a hearty and delicious dish that will leave your taste buds craving more.

The Secret to Perfectly Moist Pork Chops

Pork chops can easily become dry and tasteless due to their leanness. However, there are a couple of tricks to prevent this. One option is to cook them at a high temperature for a short period, similar to roasted pork chops with peaches. Alternatively, you can cover them and let them cook slowly. For this oven-baked boneless pork chop recipe, we start by searing the chops to lock in their juices. Then, we smother them in an onion broth and cover them with aluminum foil while they bake. This allows the juices from the broth to infuse both the pork chops and the potatoes, resulting in a simple yet hearty dinner that your entire family will love.

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Covering the pork chops with foil creates steam as they bake, ensuring they remain moist and tender. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights since it requires minimal effort. Just throw everything together, set a timer, and let the oven do the rest. Serve these delicious pork chops with a side of roasted carrots or asparagus, or go all out with quick and easy buttermilk biscuits.

Tips for Tender Pork Chops

To ensure your pork chops turn out tender and juicy every time, follow these simple tips:

  • Choose a thicker cut pork chop; thin ones tend to dry out more easily.
  • Brown the pork chops on high heat in a skillet to seal in the juices before baking.
  • Cook at a high temperature for a short period or slow cook them covered to retain moisture.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature—145ºF is the ideal doneness.

Do You Need to Brown Pork Chops Before Baking?

While it’s not mandatory, searing the pork chops before baking adds extra flavor and helps prevent them from drying out. For the best results, sear the chops first, then proceed with baking in the oven.

What Sets This Pork Chop Casserole Apart

There’s something exceptional about this pork chop casserole that sets it apart from the rest:

  • The French onion pork chops are slow-cooked, allowing them to absorb an incredible amount of flavor.
  • It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner that you can throw together effortlessly.
  • The savory combination of mushrooms and onion soup creates a delicious and distinct taste that you’ll fall in love with.
  • The pork chops turn out tender and juicy, making every bite a delight.
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Ingredients You’ll Need for Pork Chop Potato Casserole

Gather these ingredients to create an unforgettable pork chop and potato casserole:

  • Pork Chops: Opt for medium to thick boneless cuts for the best results. Thick cuts take longer to cook but are juicier. Bone-in pork chops can also be used.
  • Mushrooms: Canned mushrooms work well, but if you’re looking for more flavor, fresh mushrooms are the way to go.
  • Potatoes: Peel and thinly slice russet potatoes for a perfect pairing with the pork chops. Roughly two potatoes or 3-4 cups will suffice. Russet potatoes hold their shape better than other varieties.
  • Onion Soup Mix: This dry mix adds a medley of flavors, including onion, garlic powder, fresh parsley, black pepper, and paprika. If you frequently use this ingredient, consider making your own homemade onion soup mix for a more personalized touch.

So Easy to Prepare and Bake

Follow these simple steps to create your pork chop and potato casserole:

Step 1: Sear Pork Chops

In a skillet, brown the seasoned pork chops, then set them aside. Using the same skillet, brown some mushrooms to add even more flavor.

Step 2: Layer Potatoes and Top

Slice the potatoes and arrange them in a baking dish. Top the potatoes with the cooked mushrooms and pork chops.

Step 3: Season and Bake

Combine the onion mixture with water, then pour it over the pork chops and potatoes. Bake until the pork chops are cooked to perfection. Serve and enjoy!

Baked pork chops in a white baking dish.

Storing Your Pork Chop and Potato Casserole

You can store this easy pork chop recipe in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or oven when you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers. However, keep in mind that this casserole doesn’t freeze well due to the potatoes becoming mushy. If desired, you can freeze the pork chops separately.

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FAQs About Baked Boneless Pork Chops

What Can You Serve With Pork Chops?

While the potatoes in this casserole pair perfectly with pork chops, you can also consider serving them with green beans, roasted cauliflower, or veggie packs for a lighter side dish. A well-rounded meal combines a hearty main course with some delicious vegetables.

Is it Better to Cook Pork Chops Covered or Uncovered?

Covering the pork chops with foil while baking creates steam, maintaining their moisture. If you choose not to cover them, it is best to cook them at a higher temperature for a shorter period.

How Do You Know When Pork Chops are Done?

Pork chops should reach an internal temperature of 145ºF. Use a meat thermometer to ensure they are cooked to perfection. After reaching this temperature, let them rest on the counter for a couple of minutes.

More Easy Dinner Recipes

If you’re looking for more tasty dinner options, try these easy recipes:

  • Chicken in white wine: A savory dish that you can make in just one pan.
  • Beef and cheese enchiladas: A famous comfort food that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Cast iron skillet pizza: The perfect choice for the kids.
  • Southwest chicken and rice casserole: Spicy and ready in under 40 minutes.

More Potato Casseroles to Try

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