Easy, homemade scalloped potatoes and the humble pork chop join forces to create one decadently delicious dinner. Savory and rich Pork Chop Casserole features tender, juicy pork chops baked on a bed of creamy scalloped potatoes, it’s all topped off with stretchy cheese, crispy-crunchy Panko bread crumbs, and baked until golden brown.
This dinner casserole is perfect for sharing around the family table, entertaining at home, and makes for one seriously show-stopping potluck contribution. Enjoy Pork Chop Casserole with a side of fresh green beans or perfectly steamed broccoli for a well-balanced meal!
WHAT’S IN PORK CHOP CASSEROLE?
- Pork Chops – Use Pork Center Loin Chops for Pork Chop Casserole. The thickness of the pork chop is important. It takes thinner chops less time to cook through, and thicker chops more time to cook through. For the right doneness, choose only pork chops that are right around 3/4 of an inch.
- Potatoes and Onions – Russet potatoes are sliced thin, along with yellow onion, to create the base of the casserole.
- Cream – Before the potatoes can go into the oven, they must first do a little cooking on the stovetop. Simmering them in cream will create a rich and full-bodied sauce for our scalloped potato base. Do not attempt to sub in half-and-half or milk for the cream, as they would scald on the stovetop.
- Cheese – Gruyere is our number one pick for Pork Chop Casserole, but it can be on the pricey side. If you’d like to sub in another cheese like Fontina, White Cheddar, or Mozzarella, feel free to do so. We highly recommend grating the cheese yourself over buying pre-shredded cheese.
- Panko Bread Crumbs – Panko bread crumbs will add a welcomed bit of texture and crunch to the topping of the casserole.
HOW TO MAKE PORK CHOP CASSEROLE
- Prep – Have your ingredients prepped to kick off your Pork Chop Casserole! This means grating the cheese, slicing the potatoes and onions, and mixing up a little oil with the Panko bread crumbs. Then, it’s time to cook the potatoes!
- Pre-Cook the Potatoes and Add To the Casserole Dish – Add your potatoes, onions, and cream to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and then, reduce the heat to maintain this simmer. Cook the potatoes and onions until fork tender, and transfer to the casserole dish using a slotted spoon, along with only 1 cup of the cream they were cooked in and about half of the grated cheese.
- Add the Pork Chops – Prepare the pork chops for your Pork Chop Casserole by patting them dry with a paper towel. This removes any excess moisture from the chops and helps the season to stay put. Drizzle them with oil, season, and place them evenly across the top of the potatoes, slightly nestling them downward.
- Garnish and Bake! – To finish off your casserole, sprinkle the remaining cheese across the top of the dish, followed by the Panko breadcrumbs. Then, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the bread crumbs appear toasty and golden-brown and the chops are entirely cooked through!
TIPS FOR SLICING POTATOES
The base of this Pork Chop Casserole is essentially scalloped potatoes, so you’ll want those potato slices to be fairly thin. There are multiple ways to go about slicing your potatoes. If you are skilled with a knife, just enlist your favorite chef’s knife and (carefully) slice away. You could also use a mandoline, the slicer side of a box grater, or even your food processor.
Most food processors today are equipped with a slicer attachment. This attachment will thinly slice up your potatoes in less than 2 minutes. Yes, please.
INTERNAL PORK COOKING TEMPERATURE
Often times, you can tell by the feel and/or look of your chops alone as to whether or not they’re done, but if you need a little more reassurance, Pork.org states the safe internal cooking temperature for pork chops is 145°. This can quickly be determined using an instant-read thermometer.
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- Cowboy Casserole features a layer of hearty ground beef chili topped with cheesy tater tots. It’s a kid-friendly dinner that’ll have everyone lining up for seconds!
- Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is made-from-scratch with real ingredients and a whole lot of flavor! Featuring shredded chicken breasts cooked in a flavorful, cheesy sauce, spaghetti, chopped bell peppers, and more!
Savory Pork Chop Casserole features juicy pork chops on a bed of creamy potatoes, topped off with stretchy cheese, crispy-crunchy Panko bread crumbs!
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, separated
- 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 Russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 teaspoons Kosher salt, separated
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, separated
- 8 ounces freshly grated Gruyere, Fontina or Mozzarella cheese
- 3 teaspoons minced rosemary, separated (optional)
- 6 (3/4" thick) pork center loin chops
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 400° and have ready a greased 9x13" casserole dish. In a small bowl, stir together Panko bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside until ready to use.
Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, potatoes, cream, 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once the potatoes are fork-tender, remove from the heat. Using a slotted spoon or a skimmer, transfer the potato and onion mixture to the prepared casserole dish, along with 1 cup of cheese and 2 teaspoons rosemary. Then, pour 1 cup of cream from the saucepan evenly over the potatoes and discard of any remaining liquid. Set the casserole dish aside while you prepare the pork chops.
Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of Rosemary. Rub until the chops are evenly coated with oil and seasoning, and place across the top of the potatoes, slightly nestling them downward.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese across the top of the dish, followed by the prepared bread crumbs. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes covered. Then, uncover and bake for 15 minutes more. Serve and enjoy!