When the weather starts turning cooler, we like to think of main dishes that warm us up. Hearty main dishes fit the bill when it's chilly outside and we're really famished after a busy day at work or school. When these conditions come into the picture, think about an "all-in-one" dish that combines meat and vegetables.
Let's have pork chops and potatoes for dinner! The recipe I'm sharing today is one that uses these in a flavorful combination, which is called "Pork Chops and Cheesy Potatoes". This is a main dish that combines pork chops that are baked with potatoes in a cheese sauce. This is an interesting and remarkably good recipe that's also convenient, since you're baking the pork chops and one of your dinner vegetables at the same time!
This recipe may sound complicated and involved, but it really isn't. You begin by making the cheese sauce for the potatoes and layer this sauce with sliced potatoes. This bakes while you brown the pork chops. The browned chops go on top of the potatoes and the whole works is baked for one hour. It's topped with pepper rings and spiced apple rings. It's colorful as well as good eating!
When choosing pork chops, I like the boneless version. The ones with the bone in them are less expensive, but you end up throwing away more. The spiced apple rings called for in this recipe are usually sold where the pickles are in the grocery. If you've never had these, they're sweet and spicy and go very well with any pork dish. Serve this with a green vegetable, a bread and a dessert and dinner's all squared away!
For dessert, let's have something with some fresh fruit. Last year, I shared a recipe for "Blueberry Flummery", which is a British dessert that's much like a pudding. To get the recipe, go to this link:
When you're all set for a hot, hearty meal when the temperatures fall, set this recipe aside for some good eating!
PORK CHOPS AND CHEESY POTATOES
- 1 can cheddar cheese soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
- salt and pepper
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 6 pork chops, 3/4 inch thick
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tbls. vegetable oil
- 6 green pepper rings, 1/2 inch thick
- 6 canned spiced apple rings
Combine soup, sour cream, water and parsley. In a shallow casserole, about 9x13 inches, alternate layers of potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper, onions, chopped pepper and soup mixture. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, dust the pork chops with flour and saute in oil until browned. Stir potatoes in the casserole and place chops on top. Cover and return to the oven for 1 hour. Top with pepper rings and apples. Bake for 20 more minutes. Yield: 6 servings.