One Pot Skillet Pork and Potato Comfort Food

23 Jan
One Pot Skillet Pork and Potato Comfort

One Pot Skillet Pork and Potato Comfort

This is a recipe I have made since college repeatedly. Surprisingly, I have never posted it as it is just “one of those meals” in my rotation. When both hubs and I stare at each other after a long day at work with those glazed eyes and say “what’s for dinner,” this recipe is usually one that comes up in the replies.

Back in the college days (and even early married days) I used to make this with that canned “cream of” soup. Any flavor I pretty much had on hand. After the hubby got diagnosed with high blood pressure, that was the first thing out the door. So I learned how to make my own “cream of” soups, and it is surprisingly simple! (And certainly healthier too but it does have butter and flour.) But never mind that. It just TASTES better too! It’s a plate full of comfort, I tell you! We typically serve with a small salad or steamed green veggie on the side.

This can make enough for anywhere from 2 to 6 people, if you have a large enough skillet. I had some huge pork chops, so depending on your family’s eating habits you’ll have leftovers, or not. Don’t worry about the amount of “soup” you end up with, there’s always enough creamy sauce for the amount of meat, potatoes and onions, even if it looks sketchy at best at first. No lie!

p.s. I originally called this simple and easy, but after looking at all the steps after writing it up, I realized I only “think” of it that way, as I swear I could make this blindfolded! If you make this enough times (as I hope you will) then I think you’ll feel the same!

So here is what we have going on:

One Pot Skillet Pork and Potato Comfort Food

3 to 6 small potatoes, depending on the mouths you feed, washed and scrubbed
1/2 to 1 large yellow onion, peeled
3/4 to 1 1/2 pounds of pork chops, either bone-in or not
Ground pepper and salt or Mrs. Dash, to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable or grapeseed oil
Several splashes of wine, stock, or water, for deglazing
1 recipe of “cream of” soup (ingredients and recipe to follow)
Pinches of dried or fresh herbs that you like, to taste (I prefer thyme and spicy oregano for this)

Cream of “Anything” Soup Recipe

3 to 4 tablespoons real butter
1/4 cup of finely diced “of” ingredient (mushrooms, cooked chicken, celery… you get the idea)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup homemade or low sodium stock (any kind)
1/2 cup milk (any kind)
Ground pepper and salt, or Mrs. Dash , to taste

Sliced Patooties

Sliced Patooties

First thing to do is get out the mandoline and slice up all those potatooties and onions thinly. If you don’t have a fancy (like 9.99 Walmart or Amazon) device, then slice thin with your sharpest knife. It’s OK if you don’t have a mandoline. I’m a newcomer to that game and scoffed until I bought one. I totally get it. Cut the onion rings in half with a knife (optional).

Sliced Onions and Potatoes

Sliced Onions and Potatoes

Next season up those chops nice and good, however you want. Nobody is judging you on your spice preference.

Seasoned Pork Chops

Seasoned Pork Chops

Add a tablespoon or so of oil to a large hot skillet (that has a cover to fit) and sear the pork on each side, until nice and browned. I forget how long that takes as I just eyeball it. A few minutes each side, at least. Once browned, remove the chops to a plate, cover with foil, and set aside.

Browned Pork Chops

Browned Pork Chops

Add more oil to the skillet and toss in the sliced potatoes and onions and lower heat to medium. Season, to taste. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or so, stirring here and again.

Cooking the Onions and Potatoes

Cooking the Onions and Potatoes

Meanwhile, make your “cream” of soup. The pans will be side by side, you can do it!

I had ‘shrooms on hand that day, so cream of mushroom soup it was! I also used some turkey stock from my Thanksgiving batch of carcass stock.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add your “of” ingredient (in my case the mushrooms) and cook until soft and the butter is foaming. Pre-cooked chicken is not such a big deal to worry about softening.

Simmering Mushrooms and Butter

Simmering Mushrooms and Butter

Add the flour then whisk until it’s all incorporated and turns into a weird paste. That’s OK too, it’s supposed to do that.

Making Paste

Making Paste

Add the stock all at once, then whisk like a whirling dervish until it’s all incorporated and smooth and creamy. Strange how it suddenly happens, huh? You’ll know after you try it. Then add the milk and whisk some more until it’s all combined and creamy again. Once again, season to taste and stir in. Turn off heat and set aside.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Now. Now is the time to put it all together. Deglaze the skillet of veggies with wine or more stock or water to loosen up the yummy crispy bits.

Place the browned pork on top of the potatoes and onions.Pour the cream “of” soup over the pork and spread around. Sprinkle your preferred herbs over top. Please, do not freak out at this point that you don’t have enough soup or gravy or whatever. Trust me. See my photo?

Skillet Chops and Gravy Ready to Simmer

Skillet Chops and Gravy Ready to Simmer

Bring the skillet up to a slow simmer, then cover, and turn down to medium low. Then walk away. WALK AWAY! Leave it alone for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, uncover and smoosh everything down into the gravy because OMG where did all that gravy come from??? Ha, told you so. This photo is only after 20 minutes.

Creamy Pork Chops and Potatoes

Creamy Pork Chops and Potatoes

Cover the skillet again, and cook until the potatoes are tender and the pork is at least 145 or more degrees, anywhere from 10 to 20 more minutes depending on the thickness of the chops and potatoes.

Once potatoes are softened and pork is safe to eat, turn off skillet, cut pork into serving sizes and scoop amount of potatoes and onions and gravy on to your plate that you want. Serve with some kind of green veggie or salad or whatnot. Enjoy!

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66 Responses to “One Pot Skillet Pork and Potato Comfort Food”

  1. teagan geneviene January 23, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Ooooh… No wonder you make it again and again. It’s gorgeous. Love your step by step photos. I could just “hear” the knife chopping the onions and potatoes. The “sound” of the bubbling skillet came through the pictures. 😀 The only down side is that now I really, really, really want a plate of that dinner and with this blizzard it’s not happening. LOL.
    Mega hugs!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Thank you so much. And 0h no, I am so sorry you are caught up in all that! Stay safe, Teagan! Hugs back!

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  2. Bernadette January 23, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    Clever idea making your own cream of …. soup. Do you ever make it in advance and freeze it to have on hand?

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2016 at 11:30 am #

      I haven’t yet, but what a great idea Bernadette! Then perhaps this meal would be quick and easy, right? Thank you!

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  3. PantryPortfolio January 23, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    This is EXACTLY my kind of meal. Can’t wait to try out one of your favorites. We really do have similar tastes. 🙂 –Deb

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  4. Adam J. Holland January 23, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    I shared a sandwich recipe this past week and it has four lines of instructions. Your recipe is simple, satisfying and delicious.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      Oh shoot, I must have missed it, I’ll go look it up. Four lines??? Whoa. You put me to shame. I am such a blabbermouth. 😀 (and thank you!)

      Like

  5. Lynz Real Cooking January 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    This looks gorgeous and so good! The step by step pictures really are so professional I feel like I am right there KR! I love your cream of anything soup! Wonderful in every way!

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  6. cookingwithauntjuju.com January 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Just looking at your first picture makes me very hungry – looks delicious an anything with gravy is always good!

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  7. apuginthekitchen January 23, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    I am a big white gravy and pork chop fan and your cream of anything is just perfect. Love tis dish and your step by step is brilliant,

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  8. Jess Learns to Cook January 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    I love your step by step instructions and the visuals, it’s beautiful!! I will definitely have to give this a try sometime soon, thank you so much for sharing!! This especially seems like a great winter recipe!

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  9. MealsWithMel January 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Yum this looks delicious Kathryn!! Your pot wonder reminds me of a recipe that my Mom use to make when I was younger called smothered pork chops. I love recipes like this that can be transformed into any flavor just based on what you have on hand.
    Hope all is well 🙂

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks so much Mel! All is great here in the PNW, both health-wise and weather-wise. Glad we aren’t getting a nasty storm like in the East. We’ve had two major snowstorms already this year, they can have this one! I hope you are OK too. XO

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  10. Sadie's Nest January 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    That looks so good! And you’re right, I have made my own “cream of ____”, but too often I rely on store bought (organic, but packaged none-the-less).

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

      It is so very easy, Sadie! But I know what you mean about the convenience… My husband’s diagnosis completely changed the way I cook and the way we eat. (However, I’m never one to turn down potato chips or bacon! Or chicken fried steak. OMG I am making myself hungry, lol!)

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  11. ravenhawks magazine January 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    It all looks very good!

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  12. Smiling Notes January 23, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    Looks delicious!!! I want!! 😘

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Gerlinde January 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Potatoes, gravy and porkchops , my kind of food. It looks yummy!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Cooking For The Time Challenged January 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    this looks great! You are a real cook! Wow!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. annasdiabetes January 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    Love the recipe, definitely am going to try. I was wondering if this can be done in a crock pot

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 23, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

      Thank you Anna! I think you probably could, but I’d mix the the roux (paste) ingredients separately and add them in the last half hour or so. But I have no guarantees as I’ve never done them that way!

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  16. annasdiabetes January 23, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I wonder if I can convert this recipe to a crock pot

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  17. Conor Bofin January 24, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    Great recipe. Your ‘cream of’ is inspired.

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  18. newvideos31 January 24, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    Türkçeye çevirip anneme verecem tarifi hemen hazırlasın bana süper gözüküyor çok acıktım iştahım açıldı elinize sağlık bu arada sitemdeki videoları izleyin ve beni takip edin lütfen

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  19. chef mimi January 24, 2016 at 6:41 am #

    the word “smothered” comes to mind. Love it!

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Freda @ Aromatic essence January 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    This looks very delectable! love the pictorial, it gives a better understanding of the preparation 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Michelle Williams January 25, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    A perfect winter comfort meal!

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  22. lynne hoareau January 25, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Hi Kathryn…this is my kind of a meal…one pot and the perfect comfort food. Sounds delicious 🙂 I love it !

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  23. ChgoJohn January 30, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    When a recipe says “one pot” it is sure to catch my eye. (Oddly, seeing the name of some sort of booze has the same effect. Go figure.) I’ve a post coming up in several weeks that is very similar. though it doesn’t include potatoes. That sure does sound good! I’m pinning this for later use. We’re not out of the woods as far as winter is concerned and a gravy covered dish is my kind of comfort food.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger January 30, 2016 at 8:17 am #

      Thank you John, and I sort of mis-named this recipe. It “used to be” a one-pot meal back in the day when I used canned soup for it. Of course, I don’t touch that stuff now so it does require another pot for that unless you’ve pre-made some batches stored in the freezer. 🙂

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  24. Pan February 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    If I may make some substitute suggestions,
    1. Cashew milk instead of milk
    2. Melt (a heart healthy butter replacement)
    to replace the butter and the oil..
    3. Instant mashed potatoes, instead of flour..
    Amounts used would be the same as the recipe..except for the instant mashed potatoes, you only need enough to thicken the cream sauce.. the cashew milk thickens some as it cooks too.. adding either until you get the desired consistency..
    Not only are these healthy substitutes, I believe you’ll find your wonderful dish will taste the same.. I hope you give it a try 😊

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    • anotherfoodieblogger February 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

      Those are all WONDERFUL suggestions! I just felt glad I made it beyond my momma’s canned cream of soup. Thank you so much for these subs, I’ll take them to heart. xoxo

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      • Pan February 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

        Lol, and you did that well, judging by the pictures, which by the way, you can never have too many of in a step by step recipe..

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      • anotherfoodieblogger February 15, 2016 at 9:27 am #

        Thank you! 🙂

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  25. anotherfoodieblogger January 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Thanks for the share!

    Like

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