Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Creamed Spinach

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Creamed Spinach

Thin-Cut Pork Chops with Creamed Spinach


8 bone-in rib pork chops (4 to 6 ounces each), 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick, sides slit

Salt and pepper

3 T. vegetable oil

1 (10-ounce) bag curly-leaf spinach, stemmed and torn into bite-sized pieces

1 T. unsalted butter

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. heavy cream

1/2 C. low-sodium chicken broth


Pat chops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 T. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add 4 chops and cook until golden brown and meat registers 145 degrees, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to platter and tent with foil. Repeat with additional T. oil and remaining chops. Reduce heat to medium, add remaining oil to empty skillet, and heat until shimmering. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer spinach to colander and drain, pressing with spatula to release any extra liquid. Melt butter in empty skillet. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in cream, broth, and any accumulated pork juices and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper. Top chops with creamed spinach. Serve.  Note: To prevent your pork chops from curling in a hot pan, cut two slits, about 2 inches apart, into one side of each chop (this method works for both boneless and bone-in chops). A flat chop will develop a better crust and taste better.

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