i always say i don’t like it on allrecipes.com when people try out a recipe, change it all around, and then rate the recipe according to their changes. i do this often (except i don’t rate them according to my changes) so i’ve taken to calling them “food ideas” instead of recipes, so i can get around being the jerky jerkface who renders a recipe unrecognizable. that’s why i love that site. there’s an almost endless supply of “ideas” there and i find that i can make several of the more “weird” ones plain for mr. pickypants. i’ve also found lately that pork is the cheapest meat i can buy in the grocery store (which is a fabulous store, but still limited due to its size and our population). it’s been interesting, finding different variations upon which to use all this cheap-ass pork. so the point to all this, is that i found a pretty decent pork chop and potato one-dish dinner thing. but i changed it completely. If you’d like the original recipe, it’s here.
salt and pepper and my beloved garlic powder and paprika
about 1/3 to 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (or pecorino romano, like i’ve been fond of using lately)
yukon gold potatoes, sliced
onions, thinly sliced
set your oven to 350-375. heat some oil in a pan. season your pork chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. coat lightly with flour. when the oil is hot, brown your chops well on both sides. place in a baking dish sprayed with Pam. now, i sprinkled some of the cheese on top of the chops, then layered the slices of potatoes on top. sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the potatoes, salt and pepper them, then lay the onion slices on top. cover and bake until the chops are done (i think the correct temperature is like 160). you can uncover them and bake them a little longer until the tops are brown-er. that’s what i did and they turned out just fine… add a green vegetable if you want and there you go. dinner.
i am happy to report, by the way, that the weather has perked up sufficiently enough to start melting a great quantity of the snow at a very fast pace. for instance, today the sky has been blue blue blue and i found myself outside WITHOUT a jacket. not even a light one. very nice. i’ve started to phase out soup nights as my easy-go-to dinners and started making Friday’s “sandwich dinner nites.” I tried this two weeks or so ago with corned beef and swiss reubens on rye bread from the deli. last night it was ham and havarti on fresh whole wheat ciabatta. i’m liking this trend and i think the boys do too. we’ll see….