Thursday, October 29, 2015

Making it Simple ~ Iowa Pork Chops

A gourmet is a 20 minute meal. I always knew that good cooking did not require slaving away in the kitchen. In fact, most great meals can be made in 20 min. I picked up two boneless, lovely pink and quite plump Iowa pork chops for this evening's dinner. The price for the two was just $3.93. That means about $1.96 per chop. As for sides: potato, homemade applesauce with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a couple of stuffed olives to go with the Pinot Grigio.

Saute your chops in 3 tbs of coconut oil (organic) and the same of olive oil (first pressing) along with some red pepper flakes, garlic powder (organic), sea salt and dried herbs: rosemary, mint and oregano (fresh dried). Brown on both sides on med. heat for 10 min. Turn down the heat to low and cover for the next 10 min. Depending on your range top, either electric or gas you may need to go 12 min. Lp gas takes longer as well. If you are not sure about your chops being fully cooked use a meat thermometer... go with 'pork' - pink and tender. You can also remove a chop, cut into it and check. If blood runs, return it to the skillet but for no more than 2-3 min. Check again, you want the meat to be white with a hint of pink juices.

Prepare your sides and set the table.

~Tutti a Tavola! 

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