Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pork and Taters

 Note:  Picture added to bottom of post.  
Here are the recipes I made for Wed dinner. I've made the chops before and they were just as yummy. The mashed potato variety was a new recipe. I really didn't miss the butter. However, I wished I had boiled them in chicken stock for more flavor. Next time. I'm trying to cook at least three nights a week and have left overs on the other nights. We'll see how it goes. I love trying out new recipes and have a bunch saved up. It helps that my mom will eat whatever I give her!!

Maple-Glazed Pork Chops

4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
6 (10-oz) center cut bone-in pork chops, about 1-inch thick (I doubt mine weighed this much)
2 Tbsp olive oil (I used spray)
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup butter maple syrup (Substitution idea: we only have sugar-free syrup so I added 4 tbsp butter)
1/2 cup chicken stockl
Pecans, toasted and chopped, optional (I opted out)

In a small bowl, combine chili powder and salt. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of chops.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook until brown, about 2 min per side. Reduce the heat , and cook until desired doneness.

In a small skillet, over medium-high heat, add the balsamic vinegar and cook until reduced by half. Stir in the maple syrup and chicken stock. Cook over medium heat until thick and syrupy, about 5 min. (Note: I reduce the vinegar, add the other ingredients and then transfer to the skillet with the pork chops. I let it thicken while the chops simmer in the sauce. )

Garnish with pecans and serve!

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds potatoes (red, Yukon, etc), cubed and peeled (I love peels)
1/3 cup milk
3 Tbsp mascarpone cheese
1/2 tsp salt

In a large saucepan, cover potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 min or until tender. Drain and return to pan. Add milk, cheese and salt. Mash to desired consistency.



  1. Um... this post is lacking pictures.

  2. I am not a food porn addict like some people! :) I'll try to remember with the left overs. You may need to remind me, LOL!!