Thursday, April 18, 2013

cooking: modern version of smothered pork chops in a mushroom cream sauce and broccolini

we like pork. its low in fat and absorbs any flavors you want to infuse in it.
this time around i wanted to modernize an all time favorite- smothered pork chops.
craig has me on frying restrictions but i knew i could do without!
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
to begin you want to rinse and trim your broccolini.
regular broccoli will work for this as well you just want to make sure your trees are cut thinly.
season and toss your vegs with olive oil, salt and pepper.
layer in a large casserole dish. 
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
now for your chops, use ones with the bone in and no thinly cut ones.
you want a hearty stick to your ribs kinda meal.
season both sides with salt and pepper and place in a hot pan with a tablespoon of olive oil.
brown your chops on both side to get some good color.
don't worry about cooking them all the way through you will finish them in the oven in the next step. 
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
you want your chops cooked to 145 degrees- slightly pink in the middle according to the USDA
so place them on top of your broccolini in your casserole dish and put in an oven at 350 degrees.
this will finish your chops and cook your veg at the same time.
genius! now start your sauce. 
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
in the same pan your colored your chops, 
sautee some garlic, sliced portobellas and garlic in some olive oil
season with S&P 
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
add one quart of heavy cream and bring to a boil
reduce heat and then add one glass... i mean one cup of white wine
bubble and boil until the alcohol cooks off
add some fresh parsley in at the very end 
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
when your pork is done begin plating
broccolini first and then layer your chop and the sauce 
smothered pork chops with mushroom cream sauce
viola! smothered pork chops... no frying and still tons of flavor!




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