Founds some good pork chops in the freezer yesterday and had some Costco pesto and devised this little recipe yesterday. Damn! These may have been the best pork chops I ever tasted and the mushroom gravy was super easy but made the dish spectacular.
Pesto Pork Chops
4 pork chops (preferably bone in)
4 garlic cloves
4 tbl spoons Pesto + additional for taste (I didn't really measure, just dumped a bunch in the oil)
italian bread crumbs
milk and egg for coating
for the gravy
chicken stock or broth (about 1.5 - 2 cups)
corn starch for thickening
salt and pepper
Place chops in mixture of milk and egg to soak. Bread chops in crumbs. Meanwhile fry garlic in heavy, shallow pan (big enough to hold all 4 chops) filled with a little less than 1/2 inch olive oil, when brown add 4 table spoons of pesto. Stir until fragrant and then lay chops in oil and fry on med low flipping 2 or 3 times until done. Remove,
For gravy add chopped shrooms to oil and saute while scraping browned bits of pork and pesto (the parmesean cheese from the will be very crispy and brown.) When shrooms start to brown add chicken stock or broth. Bring to boil. Mix a small amount of corn starch with warm water and add a few table spoons at a time until sauce begins to thicken. Add a bit mroe pesto, pepper and salt if needed (depending on the amount of sodium in your stock/broth you may not need any) to taste.
Serve with a side of rice or risotto and steamed vegetables.