Hungarian-Style Pork Chops; Inventory?

Quickly browned, then simmered in white wine and stock, flavored with bay and paprika, these pork chops are fork tender and full of flavor.

Hungarian-Style Pork Chops

TTotal time: 40 minutes


  • 2 – 4 pork chops, depending on size, 12oz total, 350gr,  (more if bone-in)
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 – 3 tsp paprika  depending on how spicy you like it

  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay (laurel) leaf
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) beef stock
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) white wine
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) Greek or plain yogurt or sour cream

Hungarian Style Pork Chops


  • Roughly chop onion and mince garlic. 
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add pork chops and brown well on both sides, about 8 minutes, total. 
  • Remove and set aside. 
  • Add remaining oil and paprika and sauté 1 minute. 
  • Add onions and garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add remaining ingredients, except yogurt, to skillet and heat to boiling. 
  • Return chops to pan, reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. 
  • Uncover, increase heat and reduce pan juices to about 1/3 cup. 
  • Turn heat off. 
  • Remove chops and put on a small platter. 
  • Remove bay leaf. 
  • Stir yogurt into pan juices and pour over chops.  Serve.

In Economics 101, I learned that there are 3 different types of inventory systems:

  • FIFO: First in; first out (logical)
  • LILO: Last in; last out (seems the same as the FIFO to me)
  • FILO: First in; last out (don’t remember why anyone would do this….)

The most efficient inventory I’ve heard of is a car manufacturer (Volkswagen? Porsche?) that doesn’t store parts in warehouses at all but has them shipped in and unloaded as they are needed for immediate use on the assembly line.

Why am I telling you this?

We went shopping yesterday.

Mon mari needed stain for the floorboards. He has a specific, spirit-based type that he likes… That, unfortunately, is being phased out in Europe.  All stains, varnishes, etc. are being changed to water-based.

Anyway…. The only place he has been able to find it is in Bordeaux, at L.M.

We drove to Bordeaux to by stain.

They didn’t have it any more… It was discontinued.

He found one that was acceptable.

But they didn’t have enough.

He needed 6 cans.

He bought all they had and we went to another L.M. store.

He bought all they had….

He now had a total of 5 cans.

We went to a third L.M. store and he bought all they had – 1 can. 

And a good thing…. we were running out of L.M. stores.

Apparently, we have not yet grasped how to shop like the French.  It seems we are always looking for something that’s not there.

We expect shelves to be fully stocked at all times.

They’re not.

On second thought…. maybe we have learned.  One just keeps going to more stores until one gets everything needed.

Mission accomplished!

Comments 8

  1. I know the frustration when you have travelled a distance to purchase a particular item, to find it is out of stock or discontinued. Add to that stores that close for lunch just as you get there, particularly if there is no suitable restaurant close by for lunch!! Last year we battled to find the insulation for water pipes – no one has it in August and September. Do you know the state of progress with Bordeaux Ikea?
    Your blog is helping to keep me sane as I recover from major back surgery. I am not used to not doing anything but I am determined to be fit by mid June when we return to the Dordogne.Thanks

  2. Katie,
    FIFO and LILO are the same. What you’re looking for is LIFO.
    Chops look good.
    Where are you moving to next, once this house is finished? 🙂
    Chuck, the former LIFO accountant. 🙂

  3. Thanks, Pam…
    Tanna, very true – and the chops were very good LOL
    manningroad, at least it was a nice day.
    Gill, ooh, back surgery – Good Luck! We haven’t been in IKEA since before Christmas, but it looked like the construction was done when we were at the Leroy Merlin next door. Of course you can’t find insulation in the summer…. or lawn mower parts sin winter LOL. Very frustrating but we’re getting used to it – and the lunch closings…..
    Chuck, LIFO! I knew I was missing something…, Thanks! (although that one never made sense to me either LOL)
    Val, yeah, a whole day of shopping for 6 cans of stain ;-))
    Thanks, Joey, me too!

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