Monday, December 9, 2013

French Onion Pork Chops

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and the recipe also appears in their Cooking for Comfort eCookbook. 

French Onion Pork Chops

If you asked me or my sister how we define comfort food, I am 100 percent positive that we would both have the same answer.  We would say “my mom’s onion soup pork chops with mashed potatoes and corn.”  We ate this nearly weekly growing up but we never tired of the flavors.  And when we are all together, this meal is often the one requested!

That meal is, without a doubt, one of my favorites.  The recipe which my mom passed down to us is simple but is always a crowd-pleaser.  My sister and brother-in-law don’t even like onions, and this is one of their favorites.

The pork chops are really the star of the plate.  They are baked with a packet of onion soup mix, the dish is covered tightly with aluminum foil, and they come out so tender and so savory.  The corn and mashed potatoes are just what my mom has always served with the meal…the mashed potatoes are the best vehicle for soaking up all of the onion-rich gravy in the pan.

French Onion Pork Chops

I added just a couple of my own twists to my classic comfort recipe from my mom.  First, I caramelized some onions and place them in the bottom of the baking dish.  And instead of just sprinkling on the onion soup mix as my mom does, I mixed it with some beef broth to increase the amount of “gravy” I would get at the end.  The result was perfect – all the same flavors I grew up with, but with a little added sweetness from the golden brown onions, and extra juice for soaking my mashed potatoes!



This is the second of two recipes which can be found in the National Pork Board‘s Cooking for Comfort or e-cookbook, available for free download now.  In addition, they have provided me  with some hard copies to send to YOU.

To enter to win a copy of the cookbook, leave a comment below describing your ultimate comfort food.  TEN winners will be chosen at random and notified via email by Monday,  December 23.


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French Onion Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


for the caramelized onions:
2 cups yellow onions (about 1 1/2 large yellow onions), cut in half, and thinly sliced
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. water
1 tsp. granulated sugar

for the pork chops:
1 lb. (4) boneless pork chops
1/2 cup beef broth
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1/2 tsp. black pepper


Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, high-sided skillet until it shimmers. Add the onions and stir well to coat. Add the salt and stir. After about 10 minutes, add 2 teaspoons water and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and stir. Reduce the heat slightly and cook for 40-50 minutes, stirring often, until the onions are golden brown and very fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray. Place the caramelized onions in the bottom of the dish and place the pork chops on top of the onions. Mix the beef broth with the onion soup mix and pour the mixture over the pork chops. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center of the thickest pork chops registers 165 degrees.

Serve with mashed potatoes and a generous soaking of the onions and gravy left in the pan.

This recipe was developed by me for the National Pork Board.

French Onion Pork Chops

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. Opinions and text are my own.


49 Responses to “French Onion Pork Chops”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 9, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    Simple and delicious comfort food!! Sign me up!

  2. #
    Rachel Cooks — December 9, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    These look phenomenal, Cassie!

  3. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 9, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    I am totally drooling over this plate of comfort food

  4. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 9, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    I want it!

  5. #
    Victoria — December 9, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    A certain boyfriend of mine will die for this. THANKS CASSIE!

  6. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — December 9, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    mmmm total comfort food. Love it!

  7. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 9, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    I need to cook pork chops more often! They are so affordable and good for you too. Great recipe idea Cassie!

  8. #
    Ashley B — December 9, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    My favorite comfort food is something simple and fast. Macaroni and cheese is definitely up there on the list, it’s simple and easy and cheesy!

  9. #
    Ruthy @ Omeletta — December 9, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Nothing beats comfort food- especially in the wintertime! This so looks like something my mom would have made for us, too. But our favorite comfort food dish was her lasagna. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!

  10. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — December 9, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I want this right meow! Looks delish!

  11. #
    Heather — December 9, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    I totally started drooling at the title alone. It’s been too long since I had a great porkchop!!!

  12. #
    Joanne — December 9, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    The classics that mom always used to make are the best kind of comfort food!

  13. #
    Jess — December 10, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    This is a seriously great idea – so simple, but all that gravy in the bottom of the pan looks amazing. Definitely comfort food at its finest.

  14. #
    Julia — December 10, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    I would throw punches for these.

  15. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 10, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    There’s nothing better than a classic, comforting meal — this one looks AMAZING.

  16. #
    Molly — December 10, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    my new favorite comfort food is lentil shepherd’s pie! i discovered the vegetarian version of the dish this fall and love it, especially when the mashed potatoes are extra buttery. i also would never turn down goat cheese mac!

  17. #
    brandi — December 11, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    cassie, this is gorgeous!! and nick would LOVE it. going on my menu plan soon!

  18. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — December 11, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I”m right with you in the comfort food love! There is nothing better than mashed potatoes and gravy. Add some pork chops and caramelized onions to it and it’s a definite winner! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. #
    Shaina — December 11, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    I have been meaning to make french onion soup, but this now bumped it out of contention. Such a lovely meal!

  20. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 11, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    Cassie, this looks so comforting! Going on the weekly menu!

  21. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — December 12, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Onion soup mix is definitely one of my all-time favourite comfort flavours. These look wonderful!

  22. #
    kita — December 13, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Can I come over next time you make this? Josh hates onions – but this looks like the perfect sort of dinner to me. Please?

  23. #
    Mercedes — December 13, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Oh that sauce Cassie! I love french onion anything and this looks like a perfect weeknight dinner!

  24. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 13, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Cassie this is pure comfort food! My kind of dinner for sure! Merry Christmas 🙂

  25. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 13, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    OMG, look at these! On top of fluffy mashed potatoes this is just about my idea of heaven. Lovely recipe, Cassie!

  26. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — December 14, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Oh this is mouthwatering! I cannot wait to make this 🙂 I love french onion

  27. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 14, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    This looks so good!! We used to have a chicken dish with cream of mushroom soup and rice that my mom made all the time, and we LOVED. I really need to update it, and make it for my family.

  28. #
    Janet Skidmore Apt — December 15, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Cassie, we fixed these for dinner last night and they we delicious!

    • Cassie replied: — December 15th, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them! 🙂

  29. #
    Amber — December 15, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    My ultimate comfort food is pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes.

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  31. #
    Glenda — January 9, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    Made this tonight and added sliced potatoes on top of the pork chops…really good!

  32. #
    tracy — January 10, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    I made this about a month ago it was delicious 🙂 going to make it tonight but with chicken

  33. #
    Patricia Clem — March 14, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

    I am going to try this recipe tonight but you added pepper to the recipe but never mentioned what to do with it. Sprinkle on pork chops,add to broth and soup? I will just guess if I don’t hear from you but just wondered. Thanks!

    • Cassie replied: — March 14th, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

      Sorry about that, Patricia. Yes, you will add it to the beef broth before pouring over the pork chops/onions. Enjoy!

  34. #
    Laura — April 22, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    I Can’t WAIT to make these tonight! Slurp!!!

  35. #
    Judi — August 12, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    You don’t have to sear/brown the chops first?

  36. #
    Tracy — October 14, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

    I love these pork chops…so yummy I make them all the time.

  37. #
    Dawn — November 10, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    My favorite comfort food is chicken pot pie. I have always used the recipe off of the pillsbury pie crust box and it’s a family favorite. I’m making the pork chops tomorrow night after seeing it in my inbox and I’m thinking it may become another family favorite. It looks and sounds delicious!

  38. #
    Elizabeth — December 9, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

    Is it really necessary to cook the onions for 40 – 50 minutes?? Just seems so long, but if I need to, I definitely want to try this recipe!!

    • Cassie replied: — December 10th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

      You do not have to do so, that length of time just ensures a rich caramelization on the onions. You could just do 20-30 minutes if you want…I have also made this without the caramelized onions. We like it just the same, so feel free to totally leave them out if you wish!

  39. #
    Terra — March 5, 2015 @ 10:23 pm

    I made this tonight following the recipe EXCEPT after I cooked the onions I put everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day. It was perfect!! I made mashed potatoes and the gravy was delish!! Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe!!

    • Cassie replied: — March 6th, 2015 @ 8:04 am

      Ooo, I’m so glad you shared that the crockpot worked well! I have never tried them that way. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, this is one of our favorites! 🙂

  40. #
    Liz — January 14, 2017 @ 10:56 am

    I made my pork chops similar to this recipe. My kids favorite as well. Now my grandchildrens. I slow cooked in an electric skillet. Used Knorrs French Onion Soup Mix, then thickened the sauce like gravy.

    • Cassie replied: — January 16th, 2017 @ 10:09 am

      Thanks for your comment! I grew up on these, with my mom using French Onion Soup mix as well. 🙂


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