Today’s recipe comes from the good folks The Machine Shed Restaurant www.machineshed.com. In 1978 the first Machine Shed Restaurant opened on the outskirts of Davenport, IA with a powerful commitment, “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication means that they worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but would be something that farmers could be proud of. “At the Machine Shed Restaurant, we use only the best beef, pork and poultry. We cook from scratch using fresh ingredients and we still peel our potatoes ourselves. Our menu celebrates great, fresh cooking that will keep you and your family coming back for years to come.”
Current locations include: Iowa- Davenport & Des Moines; Illinois - Rockford; Wisconsin - Pewaukee & Appleton ; Minnesota - Lake Elmo.
The Machine Shed Restaurant is a participant in the “Quad Cities Restaurant Week” launched by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) to bring people out to dine at over 25 Quad Cities area eateries. it begins on Sunday – Saturday, February 24 – March 2, 2013.
Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.
During restaurant week there are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. Simply attend the restaurant of your choice and select from a special lunch or dinner menu. Quad Cities’ talented chefs have created special fixed price menus to showcase their cuisine for lunch or dinner. All menus and restaurant details can be found at www.qcrestaurantweek.com. Most establishments are offering two-for-one lunches for $15 and $25 multi-course dinners. Please mention Restaurant Week when making your reservations. For information by phone, call the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 309-277-0937.
Go out and visit one of The Machine Shed’s locations for Quad Cities Restaurant Week. Until you get there, or once you’re hooked on their cuisine, try this recipe by Chef Jeff Grunder.
Stuffed Iowa Chop
Chef Jeff Grunder
4 Center Cut Pork Chops
Apple Glaze Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup celery, Diced
¼ Cup Apple Juice
Apple Stuffing Ingredients:
½ Cup Apple Juice
3 Cups Croutons
¼ Cup Melted Margarine
1/3 Cup Raisins
1/3 Cup (About 1 medium) Apples, Peeled and Cored
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
Combine all the stuffing ingredients together and toss. In a saucepan, combine glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Split chops in half by making one cut from meat-side to bone. Leave connected to the bone. Stuff each chop with ¾ of a cup of apple stuffing. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Brush with glaze at 30 minutes, cover with foil if browning too quickly.
Remove from oven and enjoy!