Friday, July 17, 2009

Recipe Friday: Pork Chops

Well, yesterday I had my exam. This morning I had my meeting. And this weekend I'll be working on my class project. This week has been challenging.... fortunately the week is over, and I've got a great recipe for you!

Below is a pork chop recipe (slightly changed) from Paula Deen that my wife and I have each made a few times. I typically am not a fan of pork chops. Often, I find them to be tough and dry. However, every time I've had this recipe the pork chops turn out moist and tender. If you don't have it already, get this Paula Deen book. It's got this pork chop recipe and many delicious options!

FYI, though the recipe looks intimidating, don't let it fool you. It's rather easy, and makes a minimal mess.


Main Dish Ingredients:
5 potatoes
1 yellow or white onion
Salt and Pepper
White Sauce (ingredients and directions below)
1 Cup flour
2 Tablespoons seasoned salt
4 Thick pork chops
1/4 cup vegetable oil

White Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 stick of bitter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons chives

Main Dish Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Peel and slice potatoes and cover with cold water (to prevent browning)
3) Slice onion thinly and chop into quarters
4) Drain potatoes. Layer 1/2 of potatoes in greased glass pan
5) Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and spread 1/2 of onions
6) Layer remaining half of potatoes on top of onions, and then cover potatoes with remaining onions. And pour white sauce over potatoes, mixing if necessary.
7) Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes
8) Mix together flour and seasoned salt and dredge pork chops through mixture
9) In a skillet, heat oil, and brown pork chops for 2 minutes each side
10) Place pork chops onto bed of potatoes, and bake uncovered for 50 minutes.
11) Enjoy!

White Sauce Directions:
1) Melt butter in skillet
2) Add flour, salt and pepper
3) Keep on heat and stir constantly
4) Once it bubbles and gets thicker, slowly add milk, 1/2 cup at a time, each time milk warms, add more milk
5) Bring to a boil for a few seconds, and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in chives. Then pour over potatoes

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