Let Pork Chops Black-Eyed Peas and Gravy be your family meal tonight. According to the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,” studies have proven that eating meals together as a family can improve communication and relationships, which is especially important during times of uncertainty and life’s more difficult moments. Great-tasting foods like pork and pulses can be combined to bring families together with quality nutrition, which helps bodies survive and thrive.
Pork Chops with Smashed Yellow Peas and Black-Eyed Pea Gravy
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board and USA Pulses
- 2 cups yellow split peas, cooked and drained
- 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, softened butter, divided
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste
- 4 pork chops
- pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, gently rubbed under cold running water and diced
- 1 can black-eyed peas with juice
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- In a medium bowl, use a fork or potato masher to mash peas. Stir in 1/4 cup butter, cream, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Season pork chops with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
- In a large skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add pork chops to pan and cook approximately 4 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 F. Remove pork chops from pan; keep warm.
- In the same pan, add remaining butter, onion, and black-eyed peas. Cook 2-3 minutes until warm throughout, scraping pan. Add flour and season with salt and pepper, to taste. While stirring, slowly add milk.
- Serve mashed peas topped with pork chops and black-eyed pea gravy.