Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy – I am totally in love with this easy & delicious one dish recipe. You’ll make this one again & again! Try switching out half the potatoes for fresh green beans, it’s delicious too!

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Ok, so first off –  don’t let the long(ish) name of this recipe dissuade you from making it. I promise you it’s super easy & wonderfully flavorful.

Now, let me tell you how this fabulous recipe came to be.

First, I was planning on doing a spin on one of my favorite recipes, Cheesy Ranch Potatoes but turning it into a pork chop casserole type of dish.  So, I start assembling my cast of ingredients but realize I’m out of cheese (how does one run out of cheese. That’s like running out of butter. It’s a tragedy). Obviously one of the prime ingredients in cheesy ranch anything is cheese. So, onto plan b – plan b being ‘let’s rampage the pantry & see what I can put together’. You know the times, you’ve done it to – that’s when your kids walk in & say ‘What ya cooking?’ and your response is ‘I don’t know yet‘.

While I didn’t have any cheese on hand, I did have some cheddar cheese soup in my pantry – which I always keep on hand for my slow cooker chili cheese dogs. And from there, the rest of this casserole came together.

I had my fingers crossed that the outcome would be delicious, because we all know how that goes when you’re grabbing a little bit of this & that and throwing it together. It can go either way.

The result? It. Was. Phenomenal. Phen-om-enal. So good that I had to break apart the syllables for you.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

One bite in, and my family was raving & already requesting that I make it again.  And, make it again I did because with a dish this yummy, it would be a travesty to not. Plus, I had to be a good food blogger & share my newfound recipe success with all of you.  Sharing the recipe love, ya know? 😉

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

I posted a sneak peak of this casserole over on my Instagram account, so I know there’s several of you who’ve been waiting quite patiently for me to post this recipe. It’s definitely a good one too .

It’s delicious, great to feed a crowd, and easy on the budget too. That’s a winner in my book.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Here’s what you need – well minus the flour. I was making biscuits & forgot to remove it from the shot. Oops.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Ranch Gravy

Add a little bit of butter to a hot skillet to melt. Season 4-6 pork chops with salt, pepper,  & garlic powder. I used bone-in because they were on sale at my butcher, but you can use boneless too. I bet this would even be just as good with chicken breasts.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Sear the seasoned pork chops in the melted butter on medium high heat for a few minutes on each side, just til they’re nicely browned.  Remove from the heat to a plate, & set aside to cool slightly before handling.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Once cool enough to handle, brush each side with ranch dressing & coat both sides with seasoned bread crumbs.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Slice up about 8 cups of potatoes into thin rounds. You can peel the ‘taters if you wanna – but I’m too lazy for that mess. I just washed them well, & cut them up into thin slices. I used red potatoes, but you can use russets too.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray (or just grease it up with a little butter) & lay half of the potato slices in the bottom. Season with salt, pepper, & garlic powder – then drizzle on some Ranch dressing. Layer on the other half of sliced potatoes & repeat the seasoning process with more salt, pepper, & garlic powder finishing off with another drizzle of Ranch dressing on top.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Slice one large onion (I used a red onion, but yellow or sweet will work just as well) into thin slices and pile them on top of the sliced ranch-y potatoes. Season with a little more salt & pepper – and then top with little pieces of butter all over.  I used about 2-3 tablespoons or so, but broke them into little pieces across the top to evenly distribute.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Meanwhile, let’s get this cheddar cheese gravy going. Pour 1 can of cheddar cheese soup into the same skillet that you seared the pork chops in.  Pour 11/4 cups of milk into the skillet as well – and scrape the browned bits off of the bottom. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Pour half of the cheddar cheese gravy over the potato/onion mixture in the casserole dish.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Place the breadcrumb & ranch coated pork chops over top. Then pour the remaining half of the cheddar cheese gravy over the pork chops.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Cover with aluminum foil to allow all the magic to happen.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Remove the aluminum foil & bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve with chopped green onions if desired.

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Tutorial video of this recipe after the printable recipe!

Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 pork chops (bone-in or boneless, they both work)
  • 6-8 cups thinly sliced potatoes (about 1/4″ thick)
  • ranch dressing (no measurements, use it based on your preference)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • seasoned Italian bread crumbs
  • 2-3 tablespoons of butter, broken into small pieces – plus more to sear chops in
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • chopped green onions (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt a couple tablespoon of butter in a hot skillet. Season the pork chops with salt, pepper, & garlic powder to taste. Sear the chops on each side for a couple of minutes until lightly browned. Remove the pork chops from the pan & set aside to cool slightly. Once cool enough to touch, brush each side with ranch dressing & coat both sides in seasoned bread crumbs.
Pour the can of cheddar cheese soup & the milk into the pan you used to sear the chops. Whisk it together, & scrape the browned bits off of the bottom. Bring to a boil on medium heat, whisking occasionally.

Place half of the potato slices into the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish that you’ve sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Season with salt, pepper, & garlic powder & drizzle some ranch dressing over top (between 1/4 cup & 1/2 cup). Layer the other half of sliced potatoes on top & repeat the salt, pepper, garlic powder, & ranch dressing. Lay the sliced onion over the ranched up potatoes. Season with a little more salt & pepper.

Pour half of the cheddar gravy over the potatoes & onions. Top with the coated pork chops. Pour the other half of the cheddar gravy over top of the pork chops. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake, covered, at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Remove the foil, & bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.

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Ranch Pork Chop & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Gravy