Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tuesday's Parm encrusted Pork Chops, broccoli, & wild rice $8.18

Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

One of my (REALLY) picky-eater son's favorite foods! He loves pork - and this recipe makes it very juicy for the rest of us! And wild rice mmmm - makes me feel like I'm eating out while I know I'm eating right!

Start the long grain and wild rice mixture per the package directions - we're using Uncle Bens ($1.69 at Aldi) so it will take 3 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to boil. A little standing/resting time at the end won't hurt it.

then assemble:

2 large eggs

1 c. dried Italian-style bread crumbs

3/4 c. greshly grated Parmesan

4 pork loin chops
freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbsp. olive oil

Whisk the eggs in a pie plate. Place bread crumbs (substitute plain bread crumbs and 1 T Italian Seasoning if substitution is required) in a second pie plate - put the parm in a third. Season the pork with salt & pepper - coat the chops first with the parmesan cheese (be generous), then dip into the egg, finally coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere.

Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add pork and cook until golden brown and center is 150 degrees - approx 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness of meat (our Aldi chops are approx. 3/8 to 5/8 inches thick. (The pork chop will "slide" in your stainless pan once it has reached the "browned" stage - before that, it will stick).

while cooking the first side of the pork chops, put the egg bowl and everything else that touched the raw meat into the dishwasher! No safer way to sanitize your dishes than the hot water and heat drying of your dishwasher.

While cooking the second side of the pork, dump the bag of frozen broccoli into a microwave safe bowl, cover with an inverted dinner plate (no plastic wrap!), and place in microwave for 3-5 minutes. STEAM WILL BE HOT when you remove the plate! The Herons use fresh broccoli (Ellie like's it raw) so I'll be washing it while the first side is cooking, then steaming it for the same amount of time in the microwave during the second side.

Have the kids set the table - pour them their milk, and ENJOY! You're supporting America's Farmers!

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