Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It's Not Chicken, Beef, or Pasta

No, this is still my blog, but I have branched out to the "other white meat". There were some boneless pork chops on sale last week at the grocery store, so I decided it was time to try a new meat. I got the idea to stuff them with cheese and apples from Joelen (who I get to meet at the end of the month!), but I changed a few of the seasonings and the type of cheese. The rest of the meal is my own, but were created by pulling from ideas I've seen all over the place. The mac and cheese is essentially made the way my mother makes it, with a few minor changes.

Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
from Joelen, modified by me

4 center cut boneless pork chops
1 apple (I used yellow delicious)
2 oz Gruyere cheese
thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste

Finely chop apple and cheese and mix with seasonings. Cut a slit in center of each pork chop and stuff with filling. Place on baking sheet and seasoning top of pork with the same seasonings. Sprinkle each chop with a little olive oil and bake in 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.

Macaroni and Cheese
from me

8 oz short pasta (elbows or shells work best)
5 T butter
4-5 T flour (I eyeball it, so this is just a guess)
1 1/2 c milk (I use skim, but you can use any kind)
2 1/2 c shredded cheese, divided (tonight I used sharp cheddar and leftover Gruyere)
1/4 c plain breadcrumbs

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in small saucepan. Add flour to make a roux. Cook about 1 minute, whisking constantly. Add milk, continuing to whisk until mixture is thick. Turn off heat and add salt, pepper and nutmeg. (You are essentially making a basic bechamel sauce) Stir in 2 c cheese, whisking until cheese is melted. Add cooked pasta and combine. Pour into baking dish. Toss remaining cheese with breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the top is browned. Let cool slightly before serving.

Sauteed Spinach
from Linda
4 c fresh spinach
1 garlic clove, sliced
1/2 T olive oil
1 T white wine vinegar

Saute garlic in olive oil until lightly brown. Add spinach 2 cups at a time, wilting the spinach. When spinach has wilted, add vinegar and saute for 1 minute. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately.


Julie said...

I am going to try my hand at stuffed pork chops as well!
Thanks for the tips on my blog about spinach! I'll give it & fontina another shot sometime...

Renea said...

Yum! I just made my first successful mac n cheese this week. Very similar to yours!