pork loin braised in milk

Recipe via. Thanks Martha for another dinner success in the Meservy home.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 boneless pork loin chops, (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 5 to 6 sprigs thyme, plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves [we were fresh out of thyme sprigs, so we just used about 1 T dried thyme total]
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium heat. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Working in batches, if necessary, sear until brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer pork to a large plate or baking sheet.
  2. Pour off fat from skillet, and return to low heat. Return pork and any accumulated juices to skillet; add milk and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat; cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until pork is cooked through and tender, turning once, about 45 minutes.[I bought thin pork loin, so the simmering only took ~20 min]
  3. Transfer pork to a serving platter, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Return skillet to medium-high heat, and bring remaining liquid to a boil. Whisk together cornstarch and the water in a small bowl; whisk into liquid in skillet, and boil 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor. Add thyme leaves, and puree until smooth. Pour sauce over pork, and serve immediately. [skipped the blending process, and was absolutely delicious]

note: we served the gravy over the pork and the mashed potatoes, which proved to be a delicious combination.

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