Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recipe: Smothered Pork Chops

This recipe is one I tried from a cookbook that belongs to my sister that is geared to cooking with children, called Cooking with Kids.  I don't make much pork, but there was a sale and I bought a pack on impulse.  I remembered this recipe and gave it a try.  This would make a great sauce for chicken or for ribs as well.  I like my sauces thick and this one thins out as it cooks, so I will probably add some cornstarch or some arrowroot next time, or cook it a bit longer to thicken it up.

My son ate two pork chops when I tried this recipe for the first time, so I thought I'd share it.

6 pork chops
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
 3 tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. soy sauce
dash salt and pepper

My additions to the recipe:
2 handfuls baby spinach or chopped kale
dash of hot sauce
chopped green pepper and parsley for garnish

Oven 350F
1- Season pork chops with salt and pepper.  Heat oil in pan and brown pork chops on each side. Remove and drain on paper towels.
2-Put pork chops in a casserole dish and cover with chopped onion.  If using spinach or kale, arrange around the pork chops
3- Mix ketchup, sugar, vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl until combined.  Add hot sauce if using.  Pour over pork chops.
4- Cover and bake for 1 hour.
5- Remove from heat and sprinkle with chopped parsley or green onions.  Serve on a bed of rice or spinach.

Still in the casserole dish, without any garnish

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