You don’t have to follow a keto diet to thoroughly enjoy a nutritious and delicious low-carb meal. All you have to do, is to brown a few pork chops in your trusty skillet and bake them in the oven while the irresistible combination of bacon and onions caramelize on the stove top – filling the air with an inviting and familiar aroma that you may remember from your grandmother’s kitchen. Only basic cooking skills are needed to create a meal that will receive praise from all around the table. After all, a handful of simple ingredients can entice people to chow down, using their hands to eat if necessary.
The secret is in the sauce… In this case, the sauce being the caramelized onions. Don’t rush this step, or you will end up with cooked onions, and that’s not quite the same flavor sensation. For best results, use your largest skillet, so the chopped onions are not overcrowded in the pan (just like when browning mushrooms) – and cook them slow over medium heat. Don’t try to speed up the process by turning up the heat, lest the onions burn and become bitter. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can caramelize an extra onion or two and freeze those portions for later, or refrigerate some for later in the week, to go along with a hearty steak or a breakfast frittata.
Add a warm spinach and pear salad to your meal, and the flavors will harmonize beautifully.
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pork Chops Recipe
Protein: 65g / %
Carbs: 7g / %
Fat: 30g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 4 to 6 bone-in pork chops
- 4 bacon slices, chopped
- 2 onions, sliced
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. cooking fat
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Season the pork chops to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Heat the cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Brown the pork chops in the skillet about 2 minutes per side and transfer to a baking dish.
- Place in the oven and bake 18 to 20 minutes.
- Cook the bacon pieces in the skillet until cooked about 4 to 5 minutes; remove from pan, setting bacon grease aside.
- Add the onions to the skillet and cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and give everything a good stir.
- Add the bacon back to the skillet, and pour in the chicken stock.
- Stir everything, and cook until most of the juice evaporates.
- Serve the pork chops topped with the caramelized onion-bacon mixture.