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Smothered Pork Chops

Pork chops have always been a food I’ve struggled with preparing.  They always come out too dry,  not-quite-done, or too bland.  I’m always willing to try a new recipe that promises a fantastic taste and a juicy pork chop 🙂  I found this recipe through Lacie Lee; she found it from Mama’s Southern Cooking.com.  (Which, by the way, will be a source of future recipes!)

Recipe:
Ingredients:
4 to 6 thick cut pork chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick (rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel), you can use either bone-in or boneless
2/3 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 large sweet onions, sliced
1 or 2 (14 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
1/2 cup of shortening or vegetable oil

I used boneless pork chops because they were what we happened to have (thank you, Winn-Dixie).  I dropped the chops in the flour mixture and made sure they had a good coating; then, I placed them all in the pan together until they were a lovely golden-brown color.

Then, I misread the recipe:  I accidentally dumped the rest of the flour mixture into the pan, instead of only enough to allow for a slight breading effect; it looked quite, awful…

But…we’ve come this far, so I kept going.  Murphy didn’t seem to mind the smell at all, and while it was quite ugly, it smelled fantastic 🙂
  

I followed the rest of the recipe exactly, and then strained the gravy before serving over the pork chops and mashed potatoes.

Even though I’d botched up one of the steps, it still came out as one of the best pork recipes I’ve ever made.

Verdict:
Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 5/5
Presentation: 4/5

Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 5/5
Presentation: 4/5 (My fault…)
Ease of preparation: 4/5
Ease of cleanup: 3/5 (Again, my fault with all that flour in the gravy)
Availability of ingredients: 5/5

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Pork

 

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Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

When I saw that there was no pre-cooking for this recipe, I literally “squee’d” out loud.  I pinned this from Keri Challen’s board, which she found on Tip Garden.  There were warnings posted on the site explaining the Southern-style of macaroni and cheese and how it should be cut like a brownie (which I was all for because that’s the best kind), but what I wasn’t expecting was the over-bearing sour-taste from, what I believe to be, the condensed milk.  Hopefully someone can give me some insight.

Recipe:
Ingredients:

Cooking oil spray
2 cups skim milk
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cups preshredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
I used exactly the ingredients the recipe called for and I followed the recipe exactly:
Once everything was mixed together, I dropped it into the pot and let it go for 4 hours.  It looked like mac and cheese, and it smelled like mac and cheese, so I was very excited to try it out.
 
When served, it had the exact consistency of the custard mac and cheese and it smelled absolutely delicious!  However, upon the first taste, I found it had a very strange taste that I cannot pinpoint.  It was almost sour-tasting.  I thought maybe it was the evaporated milk, but upon further reading in the comments on Tip Gard, I thought it might be the egg?  I’m not sure, but I couldn’t eat more than 6 or 7 bites before the aftertaste completely overwhelmed me.  Mike ate the entire pot over a 3-span day, and he said he didn’t have the same taste experience I did.  I’m at a loss for words to explain the way I felt about this recipe.
Verdict:
Mike’s opinion:
Taste: 4/5
Presentation: 5/5
Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 2/5
Presentation: 5/5
Ease of preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 5/5
Next time, I’ll omit one of the ingredients (either the egg or the evaporated milk) and see which ingredient is the “offending” ingredient.
 
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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Crockpot

 

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