Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, and Broccoli

I did not want to cook dinner tonight.  I wasn't all that hungry and nothing sounded good.  I needed something fairly quick with a minimal amount of work, which translates at least for me to a minimal amount of mess.

Baked Potatoes
Wash 4 large potatoes, then dry.
Rub each potato with a good amount of Crisco, (we use Crisco, use whatever shortening you have)
Place potatoes in a cast iron skillet in the oven.  If you don't have a cast iron skillet, go buy one.  But in the mean time just place them on a cookie sheet or in an oven proof dish.  Bake at 400 degrees until tender when stabbed with a fork.  The outside will be crisp if using a cast iron skillet.  Yummy.
While the potatoes are baking start the Pork Chops...

Pork Chops
4 Pork Chops, whatever you have is fine.
1 cup of flour
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
Olive Oil
Having the Pork Chops at least partially thawed will speed things along.  Just so you know.  Mix the flour with the salt,pepper and garlic powder on a plate.  I used a fork to mix it up.  Don't get too persnickety.  Heat a good amount of olive oil in a skillet, just cover the bottom.  I didn't measure it.  Just have enough to cover the bottom and a little extra.  Dip, roll, dredge (official cooking word) whatever the Chops in the flour.  Place in the hot skillet, brown on both sides.  Be sure to turn the skillet to medium or low after it gets hot.  Place on a wire rack on a cookie sheet in the oven after browning both sides.  If you don't have a rack, just ignore that and put them on the cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees until done.

While the pork chops are browning start the broccoli.
I use frozen broccoli.
Place broccoli in a saucepan, run a little water over it.  Just a little, enough to get it wet and have a little in the bottom to make steam.  Salt with Kosher salt (any salt will do), add 2 cloves of garlic smashed and skins removed, and a sprinkle or two of crushed red pepper (depends on how spicy you want it).  Cover and cook on medium heat until bright green, stirring once.  Turn heat off and let it sit until the rest of dinner is done.
If your family must have bread (like mine, but I didn't fix it tonight)  now is the time to make biscuits from scratch, or cheat and use canned biscuits.
Dinner is ready in an hour to an hour and a half max.  Serve with applesauce or fresh fruit.

Normally I would fix these Pork Chops with French Fries and Cream Gravy, maybe some Onion Strings, but that was too much effort and mess tonight.  ; )

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