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Pork Chops with Grits and Red-Eye Gravy

These skillet pork chops are topped with a classic red-eye gravy and served with quick-cooking grits. They are the perfect entree when you need a quick and easy weeknight dinner!

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop, 1/2 cup grits, and 1/4 cup gravy)
  • Total: 40 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 (4-ounce) package sliced exotic mushroom blend
  • 1/4 cup Madeira wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup hot strong brewed coffee, divided
  • 1/2 cup lower-sodium tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
  • 1 tablespoon butter


1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork with 3/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add pork chops to pan, and cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove pork from pan; keep warm. Add shallots, thyme, and sliced mushrooms to pan; sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in wine, and cook 30 seconds, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 cup coffee, juice, vinegar, and red pepper. Bring to a simmer; cook for 3 minutes. Combine cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup coffee. Add cornstarch mixture to pan, stirring with a whisk; cook for 2 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring frequently.

2. Bring 2 1/4 cups milk and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in grits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons milk and butter.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 465
  • Fat: 15.8g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 45.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 29.2g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Cholesterol: 137mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 495mg
  • Calcium: 209mg

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