kjpepper: (om nom nom)
So I have definitively put paid to Dad's conviction that I can't cook. Yes, he's been under this misconception for a while now. Granted I've been kind of too lazy to disprove him, plus I knew once I started up, he'd start expecting 5 course meals every night, and well, no.

Anyway, early this week he was all "Andee... I'm in the mood for pork chops. Can you make those?"

Granted I'd never tried before, but I was willing to give it a go. A girl's got to expand her dead thing repertoire.
3-5 medium-large pork chops (bone optional)
3 cloves garlic
black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
1 cup apple juice
1 large cooking apple (I used a golden delicious - seems like the sweeter the better)

Core and dice the apple. put the pieces aside.
Mince the garlic. Mix 1/2 of it up with the apple and divide into as many portions as you have chops. Rub the other half into chops.
Coat skillet with oil/butter. drop in as much apples and garlic as you can fit chops into skillet. Add black pepper. Sauté over high heat until apples are evenly brown.
Turn down heat slightly. add apple juice. Push apples to one side and add chops. Pile cooked apples on top of chops. Brown for two minutes, scrape off apples, flip chops over, pile apples back on, brown for two more minutes. Turn down heat to medium low and cover. Cook chops for five minutes. scrape cooked apples off, flip chops, put apples back, cook for five more minutes. Remove from heat and move chops and apples to plates.

Serve with rice and veggies. Pan juices are very nice over basmati rice.

I think next time I will take [livejournal.com profile] captainlove's suggestion and add some light wine to the mix as well. If anyone does this before I do, feel free to tell me how it comes out.

Dad is now going to be complaining to everyone that will listen that I'd been holding out on him, lol. My sisters are all going to be like "*rolleyes* We TOLD you, Dad." Well, he'd been telling/complaining to everyone that I couldn't cook. It finally needled me in the pride, and we all know what fabulous things I will achieve out of sheer spite. Anyway, the above was quite delicious, and because I haven't yet adjusted down from cooking for 4+ to cooking for two, there are plenty of leftovers. :P

Once again, like everything else, I need to cook more. I actually had a good time this evening in the kitchen with iPod+iTrip playing through the kitchen radio singing like a bird and forcing the stove to do my bidding. And now back to punching pinholes into paper....

July 2009



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