Southern Comfort: Fried Pork Chops and Cheesy Macaroni

Dive into the heartwarming flavors of the South with this irresistible combination of Southern Fried Pork Chops and Cheesy Macaroni. A perfect fusion of crispy goodness and creamy indulgence, this recipe brings together the bold spices of perfectly fried pork chops with the comforting embrace of a classic macaroni and cheese. Join us on a culinary journey as we guide you through the ingredients, preparation, and steps to create a soul-satisfying Southern feast.


For Southern Fried Pork Chops:

  • 1 1/4 lb bone-in pork chops
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking oil for frying

For Cheesy Macaroni:

  • 3 cups dry elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 (370 mL/12 oz) cans evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


For Southern Fried Pork Chops:

  1. Mix the spices together in a spice or coffee grinder, then divide them in half. Sprinkle one-half of the spices on both sides of the pork chops.
  2. Place the pork chops in a shallow dish and cover them with whole milk. Allow them to soak for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  3. In another shallow dish, combine flour, panko crumbs, and the other half of the spices. Blend well and set aside.
  4. Remove the pork chops from the milk and coat them with the flour mixture on both sides. Let them rest on a clean tray for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Heat about 3 cups of cooking oil (canola oil or lard) in a cast-iron skillet over low to medium heat. Once the oil reaches 300-325 degrees, fry the chops in batches until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees and are golden brown on the outside (approximately 3-4 minutes per side).
  6. Drain excess oil on a wire rack over a sheet pan or on paper towels.

For Cheesy Macaroni:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt, and cook the macaroni until al dente. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Stir in the butter until melted and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together evaporated milk, milk, eggs, and garlic salt until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  6. Layer 1/3 of the macaroni, then 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining macaroni and cheese mixture.
  7. Pour the milk mixture over the top and sprinkle paprika evenly.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

Conclusion: Embrace the warmth and flavor of the Southern kitchen with this delightful pairing of crispy fried pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese. Whether you’re seeking comfort on a chilly evening or hosting a gathering, this Southern-inspired recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and leave a lasting impression. Gather your ingredients and embark on a journey to create a taste of the South in your own kitchen. Enjoy the soulful goodness!

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