The Perfect Christmas Recipe for the Whole Family!

With the road to Christmas finally kicking off, it is time for people to indulge in various fun activities i.e. decorating Christmas tree(s), helping kids in writing a letter to Santa, etc. However, an underrated gem of the holiday season is the tasty food that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, it is impossible to cook every delicious meal that pops up in your mind. So, to utilize this time perfectly, there should be a list of certain recipes that you can’t miss out on this holiday season. Here, we will be walking you through one comforting holiday recipe idea.

An Ideal Christmas Recipe

The recipe we will be discussing here is for Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy. For those of you unaware, it’s a delicious meal for chilly nights, especially at a time when the family members are under the same roof.

So, without any further ado, let’s just jump right into this tasty recipe.


For starters, you will need boneless pork chops. It should be noted that a single pork chop is sufficient for fulfilling the appetite of one person. Therefore, the quantity of the chops will depend on the people whom you are cooking for. In order to make sure that the chops you have are fresh, verify if their texture is firm and color is pinkish.

You will also need mushrooms. While many people opt for Champignons, you can use Porcini for their strong taste and aroma. An important sign that indicates the freshness of the aforementioned mushrooms is their white color and firm texture.

For blending all the flavors smoothly and enhancing the creamy texture of the dish, heavy cream is a must. As for balancing the taste, olive oil and butter do a fairly good job at that.

Next up on the list ingredients are garlic and onion. These ingredients add to the diverse nature of this meal, allowing people to enjoy different tastes in the same meal.

To make the gravy, it is recommended you use water since the addition of broth would be like putting a hat on a hat. The mushrooms, pork chops, cream, butter, garlic, etc. are sufficient for making the dish rich in flavor.

When it comes to spices, you have the liberty to decide which ones to add. Salt, pepper, and granulated garlic have proven to do wonders for enhancing the taste of the already-delicious dish in question.

Frying the Pork Chops

Start by turning on the pot and choosing the “saute” option. After that, fill the pot with about 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil heats up and is ready to be accompanied by the chops, you will hear the pot make a beeping sound. This is when you can start frying the chops.

To save time, you can add salt and pepper on both sides of the chops until the oil heats up.

When it comes to frying the chops, doing so on both sides for around 5 minutes should be enough. You will know that the pork chops are ready when you notice that their color is light brown on all sides.

Sauteing the Mushroom

While you are frying the pork chops, take out some time and chop (after peeling) two onions and 5 garlic cloves. Then, add the chopped onions and cloves to the same oil in which you previously fried the pork chops.

Bring the heat down a notch and allow some time for the onions to soften up. After that, add the chopped mushrooms and make sure that the pot isn’t covered with a lid. As soon as the mushrooms’ vegetation water is evaporated, the mushrooms can be deemed as “cooked”. After that, simply take a bowl and pour the mushrooms in it.

Preparing the Gravy

Once you have transferred the mushrooms from the pot to the bowl, add about 5 tablespoons of butter to the pot and allow it to melt. Then, complement it with an all-in-one flour. Mix the items in the pot to your best. After a minute or so, welcome the heavy cream to the mixture and start stirring up the blend.

Once you notice the cream simmering, add a cup of boiling water and complement the gravy with the spices of your choice.

After that comes the fun part. Taste the resulting mixture and if you find it justifying your expectations, it’s ready for everyone to enjoy too. At this point, simply add the mushrooms and pork chops back to the instant pot and allow the dish to fry for 5 more minutes. Lastly, turn off the pot.

Serving the Dish

Pour this Christmas Classic in a family bowl and complement it with chopped parsley and mashed potatoes, or even with tomato salad, if you wish to keep things simple.

At the end of the day, the recipe for Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy is simple as compared to several other Christmas dishes. Moreover, the fact that you have liberty in forming the gravy and selecting the spices is an added bonus. So, what are you thinking? Make your Christmas even more memorable by enjoying this family-friendly holiday recipe. 

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