Pork Loin Braised In Milk

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins

Milk does double duty in this dish: It makes pork loins nice and tender and serves as a creamy gravy.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 boneless pork loin chops, (about 1 ¼ pounds)

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 cups milk

  • 5 to 6 sprigs thyme, plus 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water


  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.

  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.

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