Showing posts with label pork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pork. Show all posts

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pork Chops with Country Gravy


My dear friends, please forgive me for the rude and abrupt abandonment. I literally woke up the other morning and realized how long it had been since I posted. I missed the entire holiday season! After the hurricane, I continued to just try to keep my head above water, and a lot of things went by the wayside, including my blog. But, now that the holidays are over and things have calmed down just a bit (does life ever really calm down completely?), I'm back, and ready to share what's going on in the kitchen.

I've never cared much for pork chops. They aren't bad, they just strike me as a bit boring. But, when you bread them, fry them, and smother them with gravy, it turns out that they're pretty dang delicious, go figure! These take no time to make either, so perfect for a complete and comforting weeknight meal. Your family will love them.

Pork Chop with Country Gravy 
Cooking Light February 2011 

 Ingredients 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)
1 tablespoon butter
 Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk

Directions 

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, salt, dried marjoram, dried thyme, and dried rubbed sage in a shallow dish. Dredge pork in flour mixture, turning to coat; shake off excess. Reserve remaining flour mixture.

Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Reduce heat, and cook for 10 minutes or until done, turning pork once. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.

Combine reserved flour mixture and milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add milk mixture to pan; place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Serve with chops.

Serves 4: One serving is one chop and one half cup of gravy

Per Serving: 252cal, 9.6g fat, 28g prot, 10g carb, 0.3g fiber

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cooking with my Blog Friends

How are you east coasters doing so far?!  Right now my kids and I are hunkered down in the living room with flashlights strapped to our foreheads, waiting for the eye of the storm.  I've got a pile of blankets, a bunch of candles and two loaves of bread.  That's what they tell you to stock up on for huge tropical storms, right?  So far it's just pretty nasty and drizzly, and I'm hoping that it doesn't get worse than that.  Unfortunately, I think it's probably wishful thinking.

Speaking of storms, I've been a tornado in the kitchen lately.  My schedule has me at home a lot more, and to keep myself occupied, I've been tackling so many of the recipes all of you have been putting out.  Each and every one has been a complete hit in our home, and they are all perfect for fall, especially if you need something to distract you from oncoming hurricanes!

All of the pictures below belong to the blogger who posted them.  They are not mine.


Taste and Tell: Homemade Tator Tots (Perfect for your leftover mashed potatoes.)










































Stay safe east coasters!  We'll get through this together!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cheesy Ham and Potatoes



You may notice a trend here at A Blog About Food. Most posts will be clean and healthy, since that it how we strive to eat in our home. And then every once and a while I post a not so healthy recipe like this when I hit a "healthy brick wall" and lose my freaking mind.

I've been asked a few times what I miss the most since eating healthier. While it seems natural to say things like "chocolate, cake or french fries," what I have missed more than all of those things is CHEESE. Cheddar, Mozzarella, Havarti, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Brie, to name only a few. I am a total cheese head and I LOVES my cheese.

So, during Christmas, whilst I was on my brief healthy eating hiatus (I refuse to use the word diet, it's a lifestyle, right?) I made these potatoes. We had a ton of ham leftover and this was the perfect thing.

The tangy and delicious flavor is actually inspired by my blog buddy Kim at Stirring the Pot. She talks often about her love for mustard, and has even featured an amazing Dragon Ale mustard cheese from Whole Foods, which I now purchase every Christmas. While I was making the potatoes I felt the sauce was a bit bland and definitely needed a kick. In goes the rest of that creamy Dragon Ale cheese, along with a couple tablespoons of yellow mustard and we were all in cheesy, hammy (it's a word), heaven. Thanks Kim, your love for mustard saved our meal!



Ham and Potatoes
Adapted from Cooking Light June 2005 (see, it's Cooking Light, not too bad, right?)

Ingredients

2 teaspoons butter
1 medium onion (about 5 1/2 ounces), thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)
6 ounces extra shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 1/2 cups), divided (or Dragon Ale mustard cheese if you have it)
1-2 tablespoons yellow or Dijon mustard, to taste
6 ounces diced ham (about 1 1/4 cups)
3 pounds peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Combine milk, salt, pepper, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan. Bring to a simmer; cook until slightly thick (about 2 minutes), stirring frequently. Add 4 ounces cheese, mustard and ham, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in potatoes.

Place the potato mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle potato mixture with remaining 2 ounces of cheese. Cover with foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until lightly browned and potatoes are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

What I'm Reading



Technically I'm not reading this, I read it a few months ago, but even if I'd read it a few years ago, I'd be completely remiss not to share it with as many people as possible. It's easily one of the best books I've ever read.

Usually after a read a book, I smile, close the book, and start thinking about my next one right away. This was one of those books that I closed and then sat on the couch for about fifteen minutes absorbing the amazingness that was this book. I then had to get online and find any extra info, photos or interviews that I could.

Whether you are a WWII buff or not, read this book. It follows the life of Louis Zamperini from childhood, into the war, and then his life after the war. It is gripping, intense, inspiring and so touching. His experience as a bombardier, fighting on the Pacific side are just incredible. I also loved learning more about what happened in Japan during the war, where most of my WWII books are centered around the Holocaust.

Read it, and then let me know so we can cyber-highfive about how great this book is.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas



I'm packing my bags.

Getting ready to go.

To see my sweet fam.

In Id-A-Ho!

I won't be around.

For a month or two.

But rest assured.

I'll be thinking of you!

So have a great summer.

Keep making great food.

Soak up that sunshine.

And I'll see you soon!

These quesadillas are made with a pork cooked in the crockpot. They are so easy and quick to make, and the pork is AMAZING. A great weeknight family pleaser for sure.

Cuban Sandwich Quesadillas
By Skinnytaste (LOVE HER!)

Ingredients

1 oz slow cooked Pernil

1 slice reduced fat swiss (I used Sargento)
1 oz ham (I uses Hillshire Farm 97% fat free)
1 slice kosher pickle
mustard
6 inch low carb whole wheat tortilla (La Tortilla Factory)

Directions

Heat a non-stick pan over low heat. Spray with cooking spray and place tortilla on pan (I used my panini press). On half of the tortilla, place a piece of cheese, pork, ham, pickle and mustard. When cheese is melted, fold the quesadilla in half and flip to heat other side. Remove from heat and cut into 3 pieces.



See you in a few months!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pork Lo Mein




I almost didn't post this one because the pictures just weren't working out for me. I know, how very vain of me! But this dish is so good, I just had to share it with you guys.

Whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, I have to get some sort of noodle dish. HAVE to. I don't necessarily live for pasta, but there's something about those lo mein dishes that I can't resist, I just love the flavors. I also love it when I can eat lo mein that is lighter in fat and calories, but full of tender pork, delicious veggies and tons of flavor.

If you plan to make this meal, just know that there is 30-60 minutes worth of marinating before you book. I always hate being surprised with that fact when I start making dinner, haha!

Biz, notice the hot sauce! You're rubbing off on me! ;)

Pork Lo Mein
America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

Ingredients

4 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster flavored sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder (don't exclude this, it's what makes the dish so GOOD!)
1 (1 1/2 lb) pork tenderloin, trimmed, halved and sliced crosswise into 1/8-inch thick pieces
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (I wish I had added a bit more, mine was still a little watery)
12 ounces spaghetti
salt
4 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
6 tablespoons Chinese rice cooking wine or dry sherry
12 ounces shiitake mushrooms, brushed clean, stemmed and halved
1/2 head napa cabbage, cored and sliced crosswise, 1/2 inch thick
8 scallions, sliced thin
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Directions

1. Mix the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and five-spice powder together in a bowl. Measure 1/4 cup of the mixture into a separate bowl, stir in the pork, cover and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes. Whisk the broth and cornstarch into the remaining soy sauce mixture.

2. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and 1 tablespoon salt and cook, stirring often, until tender. Drain the noodles and leave in the colander.

3. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the canola oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat until just smoking. Add half of the pork, break up any clumps, and cook until lightly browned, but not fully cooked, about 3 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons of wine and cook until the liquid is nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Transfer into a bowl.

4. Repeat with 1 1/2 teaspoons more canola oil, remaining pork, and remaining 3 tablespoons wine; transfer to bowl.

5. Wipe the pot dry with paper towels. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and heat over high heat until shimmering. Add the mushrooms and book, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions, ginger, and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

6. Rewhisk the soy sauce-cornstarch mixture to combine, then stir into the pot. Stir in the cooked pork, with any accumulated juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly and the pork is heated through, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta and sriracha and toss until combined and hot. Serve.

Serves 6: 1 serving is 1 2/3 cups

Per Serving: 490 cal, 11g fat, 62g carb, 35g prot, 4g fiber

Monday, February 7, 2011

Roast Pork Loin with Pineapple-Raisin Sauce




I like pigs. They're cute, chubby, seem to have a sweet enough disposition, and they taste so good! They give us bacon in the mornings, ham during the holidays, and delicious pork loins, ribs and chops the rest of the time. And the best part is that a lot of these cuts of meat are lean and quite healthy in moderation. Sorry vegetarians, but I just don't see myself splitting up with meat any time soon, 'specially the delicious pig!

I absolutely loved this combination of savory garlicky pork covered in this tangy sweet sauce. The sauce was very reminiscent of a chutney to me, and I couldn't get enough of it. I started out with a thin layer on my pork, but the more I ate the more I piled on, the flavor is just delicious. If you don't like fruit with your meat, might I suggest leaving the sauce out and just trying the pork loin. After inserting entire garlic cloves and coating with herbs, the pork itself is just lovely. Enjoy!



Roast Pork Loin with Pineapple-Raisin Sauce
Cuisine Magazine December 2010

Ingredients

1 2-3 lb pork loin roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp. dried sage
1 tsp. dried thyme
3 cloves garlic, cut in half
salt and pepper to taste

SAUCE:
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 500 with oven rack in center position. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil. Let pork roast stand at room temp 30 minutes.

Combine oil, rosemary, sage and thyme in a small bowl.

Pierce top of pork to make six slits 2-inches apart on either side. Insert garlic half into each slit.

Score top of pork by cutting in a crisscross pattern. Rub herb mixture onto pork.

Roast pork 20 minutes, then flip and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of the pork registers 145 and meat is slightly pink, 20 minutes more. Remove pork from pan, tent with foil and let rest 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Stir together pineapple and brown sugar for the sauce in a small sauce-pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Add raisins and ginger.

Whisk cornstarch and broth together, then slowly add to pineapple, stirring constantly. bring sauce to a boil until thickened. Stir in vinegar and serve with pork roast.

Per Serving: 236 cal, 6g fat, 25g carb, 1g fiber, 19g prot

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pork and Mushroom Stew



I'm in the best mood right now, wanna know why? Because as I sit here and type, two angels from heaven, I mean, maintenance men are fixing my oven!!! Sure, I have to sit and listen to a certain cheating wife, and a son that refuses to potty train, but hey, they could talk about world domination for all I care, at least I'll have an oven! Now my head is reeeeling with all of the delicious baked possibilities. No doubt I'll be leaving the grocery store today with a cart full of flour and sugar. It's a good day indeed!


Now onto something just as fantastic, this stew is another one of those dishes that goes straight into the top ten list of things I've ever made. When you think of a hearty stew with pork and mushrooms, the last adjective you'd probably think to describe it would be sexy, but let me tell you, this is one sexy stew! It's rich, earthy, full of soul and enticement. It's velvety on the tongue and will warm your whole body. Oh yes, this is a stew that will seduce you, and hopefully again and again.

Serve this over mashed potatoes, put on some Marvin Gaye, and thank me later.


Pork and Mushroom Stew
By Cuisine at Home October 2010

Ingredients

1 TB olive oil
1 TB unsalted butter
1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
8 oz cremini mushrooms quartered
1/2 sliced leeks or shallots
1/2 cup diced carrots
2 TB all purpose flour
1/2 cup dry sherry or white wine
3/4 cup apple cider or juice
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 TB minced fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
diced Granny Smith Apple

Directions

1. Heat oil and butter in a saute pan over medium-high. Add pork and saute until brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove pork to a plate; set aside.

2. Sweat mushrooms, leeks and carrot in same pan over medium heat until softened, 3-4 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.

3. Deglaze pan with sherry, scraping up any bits on bottom of pan, and reduce until evaporated. Stir in cider and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add pork with residual juices and 1 TB thyme. Simmer stew until thickened, 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

4. Serve over mashed potatoes, garnish with diced apples and a sprig of thyme.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Slow-Cooker Pork Loin Carnitas


My oldest daughter is in Kindergarten now, and out here they do full day Kindergarten, which can be good and bad. Before she started going I pictured days of endless, blissful free time. Reading for hours to my son, taking naps, shopping, consecutive lunch dates, ha! My life is busier then ever! It's not exactly like I have a whole lot MORE to do, but my days just feel longer. By the time we have reading and homework done, making dinner is about the last thing I want to do anymore. It's taken me a while to figure out how to get a good meal on the table without burning myself out. Enter crockpot, hello old friend.

The best part about crockpot meals is that you can sit down to a delicious hot dinner that you really don't even feel like you made. And though you actually did make, it only took you minutes that morning. This pork is just mouthwatering, we've already had it twice and I'm making it again tomorrow! I serve it in flour tortillas with salsa verde and sour cream, and it is slurpy, drippy heaven. In the directions it says to sear each side of the pork after rubbing it in salt, pepper and garlic. Be sure not to skip that step, I got lazy the second time around and didn't do it, it made a huge difference. The flavor is much richer when you sear in that garlic.

Slow-Cooker Pork Loin Carnitas
Fresh Food Fast by Cooking Light

Ingredients

1 (1 1/2 lb) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 garlic cloves minced
cooking spray
1/2 cup water
2 cups chicken broth

Directions

1. Rub pork with salt, pepper and garlic. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork; cook three minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer pork to a 5-quart round electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Add stock to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits; cook 2 minutes. Pour stock mixture over pork; add water. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours or until tender.

2. Remove pork from slow cooker, and place in a medium bowl. Pour broth into a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat; boil 5 minutes or until reduced to 2/3 cup.

3. While broth reduces, shred pork using 2 forks. Stir in broth reduction.

4. Serve in warmed flour tortillas, top with salsa verde and sour cream.

This is why I didn't get the greatest picture. My husband could only wait for so long!


How do you amazing parents fit dinner in between school, homework, sports, dance...? Any tips for the newbie?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

CEiMB: Pork Au Poivre



I literally just ate this dish about 30 minutes ago, and I'm still basking in the glory of this dish. You must. make. this. pork.

This is hands down my very favorite CEiMB dish that I've made yet. It's simple, but the flavors are amazing. It's also so easy to make, with readily available ingredients, and takes about twenty minutes from start to finish. However, promise me that if you make it, you won't skip the sauce, you promise? It takes two ingredients, chicken broth and red wine, to basically change your life as you know it today. I poured a little on my mashed potatoes as well and well, pure heaven. I already can't wait to make this again, and as far as I know, there are no dinner plans tomorrow night...

Thank you Rachel Hearts Food for hosting!

Pork Au Poivre
Ellie Krieger

Ingredients

1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely ground or crushed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry red wine
Salt

Directions

1. Slice tenderloin lengthwise, being careful not to cut through to other side. Split meat into 1 large, flat piece. Spread mustard over both sides of the meat and rub in the pepper, pressing gently so it adheres well. Cut meat crosswise into 4 even portions.

2. In large skillet, heat oil over medium flame. Put tenderloin in the pan and cook for about 10 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 155 degrees F, turning once. Transfer meat to a plate and tent with foil to keep it warm. Add chicken broth and wine to pan and cook over medium-high heat, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until sauce is reduced to about a half cup. Pour sauce over meat, season with salt, and serve.

Serves 4

Per Serving: 235cal, 10g fat, 30g prot, 0g fiber

Points per Serving: 6

I'm going to be absent for about a week. Glenn has family coming in Saturday for Spring Break baby! So we will soaking up our free time with family as much as possible. Have a wonderful week and I'll look forward to catching up with you all soon!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Honey Mustard Pork Loin with Bacon

About two months ago the good people at Newman's Own contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying their products and reviewing them. Heck yes I would! So when I got back from my vacation, I was greeted with a big old box filled with these goodies...Merry Christmas to me, again!



The first thing I decided to work with was the Honey Mustard dressing, one of my favorites. The first thing I wanted to do with it was make this salad again. But I thought I'd try something different instead, and this pork loin was born.


I realize it's not the prettiest thing to look at, but it sure was tasty! I combined the honey mustard with garlic and rosemary, brushed it all over the surface of the pork loin, covered it in bacon and roasted it slow and low until the pork was tender and juicy and the bacon was crisp. It turned out to be a very delicious dinner, however I think next time I'm going to try marinating the pork loin in the honey mustard for a few hours to let the flavors penetrate a bit more. Of course that was a problem easily solved by just pouring a little extra dressing right onto my cut after it was cooked! I thought the honey mustard was perfect for this pork loin, definitely try it!

Honey Mustard Pork Loin with Bacon

Ingredients

3/4 cup Newman's Own Light Honey Mustard Dressing
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary (fresh would be even better if you have it)
1 (3 1/2lb) center cut pork loin
5-8 slices of bacon, enough to cover your pork loin

Directions

Place oven rack on bottom third of oven. Preheat to 350.

Combine dressing, garlic and rosemary. Dress pork loin generously with dressing in a casserole pan or roasting pan. Layer bacon over pork loin, covering the entire roast. Secure with either toothpicks or kitchen string. Roast for 1 hour, cover with foil and roast for another 10-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow pork to rest for 20 minutes, keeping it covered in foil. Slice and enjoy!

Here's a much prettier, and healthier looking shot for you.

Stay tuned for more Newman's Own reviews and don't forget to enter in my giveaway for a silpat, just below!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple




A few weeks ago a went to a Hawaiian themed girl's night that featured homemade coconut ice cream topped with broiled pineapple, oh it was good. But ever since that night, I have not been able to leave the grocery store without a fresh pineapple to enjoy all by ourselves. Fresh pineapple is such a treat, for some reason I feel like I'm being so indulgent when I get one, I just love that sweet sweet juicy fruit!

So I was really excited when I found this recipe because if pineapples pairs with anything well (besides coconut), it's pork! I love that sweet and salty combination, and this did not look like it would disappoint.

This was so juicy and delicious, and the pineapple topped it all off beautifully. The recipe came with the ingredients to make a ginger sauce. I didn't make it because I ran out of ingredients, but I will post it for you. Let me know if you try it.

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple
From Great Food Fast

Ingredients

4 slices, 1/2 inch thick, fresh pineapple
3 tablespoons dark hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin trimmed
coarse salt and pepper

Directions

1. Heat broiler. Place the pineapple slices on a foil-lined baking sheet

2. In a small bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic, and mustard.

3. Place the pork in the broiler, about 4 inches from the heat; place the pineapple in the oven. Broil the pork until it registers 155F on an instant-read thermometer, 15-20 minutes. Remove from the broiler (let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing; the temp will rise to 160 as it sits). Turn the pineapple slices; cook until browned in spots, about 10 minutes more.

4. Halve the pineapple slices; arrange on a platter with the sliced pork. Drizzle the pork with the pan juices; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the quick ginger sauce.

Quick Ginger Sauce

2 TB dark hoisin sauce
2 TB pineapple juice
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
fresh ground pepper

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pulled Pork Sandwiches


If you look WAAAAAY down on my side bar, you'll find a list of foods that I'm particularly in love with. Of course, I could make that list go on for days, but these food in particular are ones that I could probably eat for days on end with a smile on my ever expanding face! Pulled pork sandwiches are definitely one of them, how I love them. I love them so much that my cousins prepared a beautiful lunch for me, featuring pulled pork sammies on my birthday! However, as much as I love them, I had gone years without ever making pulled pork myself, so this was my first attempt, and it's a winner!

I first had this particular recipe at my mom's house over Christmas, and it was so good that I knew that I was going to have to try it myself. It's a Paula Deen recipe (we love Paula Deen), and it requires a few steps, but trust me when I say that every minute is worth it. My mom prepared this in her pressure cooker, but I don't have one, so I just used my crock pot, and I think Paula Deen instructs you to roast in the oven, so really you could do whatever you prefer. What I really loved about these sandwiches though is that after you pile on your pork, which is dripping in flavor, you then slather on your BBQ sauce, and top with a big fat scoop of tangy coleslaw, is your mouth watering yet? AND, if you plan to make this for guests, etc, you can make this days in advance, shred it, freeze it and then you only have a few minutes of preparation the day of your party. I can't say enough good about this recipe, if you like pulled pork at all, you must try this!


Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Adapted from a recipe by Paula Deen

Ingredients

Dry rub:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tablespoon cayenne
4 pound shoulder pork roast
2 cup apple juice
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

6 Kaiser rolls
BBQ sauce
Cole slaw (for the coleslaw, I completely cheated and bought the premade bags with a bottle of dressing. You could take it a step further and just buy some from your deli counter).

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle dry rub all over the pork roast, pressing into the pork. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I just did it overnight).

Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a medium bowl and pour into a large Dutch oven. Place pork in the oven and tightly cover with aluminum foil then lid. Roast for 4 hours or until fork tender and shreds easily. Brush the roast with cooking liquid every hour. I had this in my crock pot on high for about 8 hours, I just kept in in until it was falling apart. It will smell a little funky while your cooking it, but it tastes so good.


Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle. Shred the pork with forks or tongs until in bite sized pieces. Serve on Kaiser rolls, top with favorite BBQ sauce and coleslaw, wear a bib!

AND

I'm having so much fun reading "You Know You're a Foodie When..." Keep them coming, even if you've already posted some, and I'll have them up soon!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Panko Crusted Pork Chops with Creamy Herb Dressing




I know that I completely over do it on my Cooking Light recipes, but I just can't help it, they rarely disappoint. I think what I love the most about Cooking Light is that I never feel like I'm eating "diet food," which is good, because nothing is worse then choking something down that is void of taste and has the texture of cardboard. I also love it because I can eat something like a pork chop that has been breaded, shallow fried, and covered in a white sauce, and still lose weight. I tell you, they have miracle workers up there in Cooking Lightland! This is a FANTASTIC dish, it's a great way to spruce up an ordinary pork chop, it's got tons of flavor and how can you not love a crusty panko breading? Be sure to make the dressing with this recipe, it adds a cool and tangy flavor to the pork chops that you'll love!

Panko Crusted Pork Chops with Creamy Herb Dressing


Found in Cooking Light October 2009 edition

Ingredients

Pork:
2 teaspoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 tsp ground red pepper (I just used black)
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 large egg white
1/3 cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs, really easy to find in the Asian section of your supermarket)
2 (4 oz) boneless center-cut loin pork chops
1 teaspoon canola oil
Cooking Spray

Dressing:
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons fat free sour cream
1 tablespoon fat free milk
1 tablespoon reduced fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

1. To prepare pork, preheat oven to 450.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a shallow dish. Combine soy sauce and egg white in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place panko in a shallow dish.

3. Dredge pork in flour mixture; dip in egg mixture. Dredge in panko. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork to pan; cook 1 minute on each side. Place pork on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450 for 6 minutes, or until done.

4. To prepare dressing, combine onions and the remaining ingredients. Serve dressing with pork.

Serves: 2 (one serving is one pork chop with 2 tablespoons dressing

Per Serving: 268 cal, 9.5g fat, 30g prot, 13.6g carb, 0.7g fiber, 74mg chol, 1.3mg iron, 608mg sod

Points per Serving: 6
 
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