After reading the printed version, I received multiple emails from The New York Times about this dish. Sam Sifton was over the moon about this recipe and the book, Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking. He described the book as “excellent and invaluable” and noted that this was his favorite recipe in it. I had to try it.
I agreed with Sam Sifton. 🙂 Lemon-caper sauce is incredible! This wonderful dish was prepared very quickly and was packed with flavor. Tipton-Martin learned the sauce technique that elevates these smothered pork chops from restaurateur B. Smith.
I added additional flour to the sauce to make it more of a gravy. We used fresh bread to mop up all of the remaining sauce on our plates. I served the pork chops with sautéed spinach and roasted red and sweet potatoes on the side.
This recipe was adapted from Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking, via The New York Times, contributed by Sam Sifton. I slightly modified the proportions.
Yield: Serves 4 to 5
- 4 bone-in pork chops (about 8 ounces each) (I used 5 boneless pork chops)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 2 T olive oil
- 4 T unsalted butter, divided
- 1 very small shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 2 T all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 2 T drained capers
- 2 T minced fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
- 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest, plus 2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
- hot sauce, optional
- Dry the chops with paper towels, and season aggressively with salt, pepper and the thyme.
- Swirl the olive oil into a large skillet, and heat over medium until the oil begins to shimmer.
- Add chops, and cook until well browned on each side and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer chops to a plate, and cover to keep warm.
- Drain most of the fat from the skillet, then melt 2 tablespoons of butter in it over medium heat until sizzling.
- Add the shallot and garlic, and sauté until the aromatics soften, reducing the heat if necessary, about 1 minute.
- Sprinkle in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
- Whisk in the wine and chicken stock, raise heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by half, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in the capers, parsley, lemon zest and juice and hot sauce to taste (if you’re using it)(I omitted it), and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter until it’s melted and the sauce looks smooth.
- Nestle the pork chops into the sauce, and allow them to warm up for a couple of minutes, then serve, pouring sauce over each pork chop to taste.
- Garnish with more fresh parsley.