This weekend it was time to dive back into my favorite magazine, Food Network Magazine. The April edition featured this awesome Pork Chops recipe with Cheesy Grits. Now as far as I’m concerned, it’s hard to go wrong with a Food Network recipe. Last week, I shared the Almond Chicken with Roasted Kale and Apples which was amazing!! Would these chops be just as good?
I think pork sometimes gets a bad rap. I mean look at the name; “pork.” That in itself sometimes leaves people standoffish. However, we do eat pork about once a week and believe in that saying “the other white meat.” I think that as long as you cook it in a healthier fashion, it will still be ok for you. It’s also all about portions. I believe in the Weight Watchers idea that there is no need to cut specific foods out as long as you eat them in moderation.
This pork chop recipe has your chops swimming in a wonderful onion type sauce. I like to use red onions for just about any recipe since they seem have a milder flavor to them and I don’t feel like I’m walking around with onion breath afterward.
Smothered Pork Chops with Cheesy Grits
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||25 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Dish|
|From magazine||Food Network Magazine|
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (chopped)
- 2 pork chops (1/2 - 3/4 inch)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Medium red onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 3/4 cups quick cooking grits
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- fresh parsley for garnish
Spice up your cheesy grits by using pepper jack cheese in place of cheddar or mozzarella.
The original recipe for the cheesy grits from the magazine called for using cheddar. I didn’t have any cheddar at home but I did have mozzarella cheese so I used that instead and I think it came out just fine. I think you can use just about any cheese with the grits and it’s all about your own personal taste. I would have also added feta or goat cheese but hubby would have turned his nose up at both.
The chops and the sauce were awesome. Food Network hit it out of the park with this recipe just like they did with the almond chicken. Like I said, you really can’t go wrong with their recipes so I’m glad I have a three-year subscription. The next time you have chops in the fridge, give this recipe a try. The pork is seared with the juices in and the sauce is a nice compliment and does not drown out the meaty flavor. Pork and cheesy grits are great together. I also added some sautéed spaghetti squash to my plate to round out my meal. So good and so simple for a busy weeknight.
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