This French Onion Pork Chop recipe highlights budget-friendly boneless pork chops smothered in a savory mix of caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, and sour cream onion dip. The perfect balance of easy preparation and delicious flavor.
Today’s Pantry Essentials: French Onion Soup Mix
A French onion soup mix like this one is a smart choice for any family pantry. For less than $2.00 you have a mix that can be used to make dishes like this one, a delicious soup, or a satisfying appetizer.
Benefits to Boneless Pork Chops
Boneless pork chops offer several advantages that make them a savvy choice for busy, frugal moms. Firstly, these cuts cook quickly, making them perfect for hectic weeknight dinners. Whether you choose to pan-sear pork chops, bake, or grill them, you can have a delicious meal ready in minutes.
Boneless pork chops are also often more budget-friendly than other meat cuts, helping families save on grocery expenses without compromising on flavor. Their versatility is another plus, as they can be used in various recipes, from simple pan-fried chops to more elaborate dishes like these French Onion Pork Chops. Kids tend to love their mild flavor and tender texture, making them a hit at family dinners.
Nutritionally, they provide a lean source of protein, making them a wholesome addition to meals when paired with vegetables and grains. With minimal prep required and the potential for leftovers to be transformed into sandwiches, salads, or stir-fries, boneless pork chops are a time-saving and cost-effective choice for moms striving to serve satisfying meals without the fuss.
Exact measurements can be found in the printable recipe card below.
- Use boneless, skinless chicken breast or even chicken thighs in this recipe if you have it. Just be sure to check the internal temperature and adjust your cooking time accordingly.
- Sautee mushrooms along with the onions for a rich umami flavor.
- Add minced garlic to the sour cream mixture for a creamy garlic-infused sauce that compliments the onions.
Why Baking Soda for Sauting Onions?
When you add baking soda to onions during the cooking process it causes the onions to brown and soften more quickly.
This is an overview of the instructions. For complete directions, scroll down to the bottom.
- Melt butter and sauté the onions in a medium skillet. Add baking soda to the onions to cut the cooking time down and even the caramelization.
- Combine the sour cream, thyme, and onion mix packet.
- Spread the pork chops in a casserole dish without overlapping. Top with sour cream mixture, sautéed onions, and Swiss cheese.
- Bake covered for 30 minutes. Broil uncovered to brown the cheese.
How to store and love your leftovers
- Refrigerate: Leftover French Onion Pork Chops can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Freeze: Once the dish is completely cooled, wrap individual portions or the entire casserole tightly in plastic wrap. French Onion Pork Chops can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months!
- Reheat: If frozen, allow the dish to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat covered with aluminum foil and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20-30 minutes if refrigerated or 40-50 minutes if frozen. Covering with tinfoil will help to retain moisture and provide a slow reheat.
Serve leftovers from this dish over egg noodles for a totally new dinner!
Yes, you just may not be able to fit as many at a time into the casserole dish. Bone-in pork chops sometimes take longer to cook as well. Use an instant read thermometer for accurate internal temperature.
An onion mix packet typically contains dehydrated onions and seasonings. You can find it in the soup and seasoning aisle of most grocery stores. The most common brand would be Lipton Onion Soup Mix.
Yes, you can prepare this dish in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Just follow the storage and reheating instructions provided above.
You can use a reduced-fat or Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a lighter version. Additionally, consider using less cheese or opting for a lighter cheese alternative.
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French Onion Pork Chops
- 9×13 casserole dish
- 10-inch skillet `
- tin foil
- small bowl
- 2.75 pounds pork chops (4.78) boneless, center cut (8 chops)
- 1 large yellow onion (1.19) sliced thinnly
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (0.05)
- 2 Tablespoons butter (0.24)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (0.17)
- 8 slices Swiss cheese (1.25)
- 12 ounces sour cream (1.41)
- 1 onion mix packet (2.83)
- In a 10-inch skillet, melt butter and sauté the onions. Once onions are fully coated in butter, add the baking soda. Saute about 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, thyme, and onion mix packet.
- Layer the pork chops in a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with sour cream mix, followed by sauteed onion mixture. Cover with sliced Swiss cheese.
- Bake at 350F covered with tinfoil for 30 minutes. Remove the tinfoil and broil on high for a couple of minutes to bubble and brown the cheese.