Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pork Chops, applesauce and garlic spinach

Dinner tonight had to be really quick, because we came home from a movie and had planned to go out to eat - but everybody decided they were too tired...I had made applesauce earlier in the day, and I had some center cut boneless pork chops, fresh baby spinach and some of that instant stuffing mix ....

So I heated two large cast iron pans and swirled in some olive oil in each pan, chopped about 4 cloves of garlic, made a quick rub for the chops, boiled some chicken stock for the stuffing - and had dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes!

Pan Seared Pork Chops

  • 4 center cut boneless pork chops
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs dried minced onion
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs olive oil

Melt butter and olive oil over medium high heat, combine salt and pepper and spices and sprinkle over chops. Sear chops about 4 minutes per side, remove from skillet to a plate, add 1/2 cup chicken broth to skillet and stir up bits from bottom of pan, return chops to skillet and let a glaze form turn after 30 seconds and remove to serving platter.

Spinach sautéed with garlic

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tbs olive oil

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat, add garlic and stir fry for about 1 min, add spinach in small batches turning and tossing to wilt. When all spinach has been added cook for about 2 minutes more.

Homemade applesauce

  • 6-12 apples, peeled if desired
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs sugar (optional)

Cut apples into large chunks, remove core
Heat apples and apple juice in a large pot till boiling, add cinnamon stick and sugar if desired, then cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash with a potato masher till almost smooth and remove from heat.

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