Wednesday, 24 October 2012
My Todd is a real meat and potatoes man. He doesn't care what else is on the menu, as long as it contains some meat and potatoes somewhere along the line. He will tolerate rice every so often instead of potatoes, but a hefty plate of mash is his first love . . .
I think he loves chops most of all when it comes to meat meals . . . lamb chops are quite tasty, but he especially loves pork chops! The Waitrose in Chester is a small shop, but it sells very tasty Hampshire bred rack pork chops and the flavour is just wonderful. Succulent and meaty. We both love them . . . they're the best!
There is something very comforting and homey about a breaded pork chop. When I was a child my mom would sometimes treat us to "Shake & Bake" pork chops. We loved them. (Shake & Bake is a North American Crumb mixture that you can get for pork, chicken or fish. You just dampen the meat, and shake it in the plastic bag included to coat with the crumbs, also included.)
These delicious pork chops are a thousand times better. Tender and tasty and coated with a delicious sage and Parmesan flavored soft bread crumb mixture. Ohhh . . . these are some good. The crumbs get all crispy and golden brown . . . the meat stays succulent and moist beneath that golden crust . . . nothing on earth tastes better . . . truly . . .
Well . . . applesauce is mighty good with them . . . mighty good, all tangy and sweet at the same time . . . just perfect . . . especially if it is made with fabulous Bramley Apples, which are fabulous this time of year and cook up so fluffy. If you really want to impress, with just a tiny bit of extra effort, you can make a tasty chutney to serve with them!
A tangy, sweet and spicy Cranberry Chutney on the side makes this a really special dinner. You don't even need to have any fresh cranberries around, coz this chutney is made completely out of dried fruit! I always have dried cranberries, sultanas and apples in the larder. They come in ever so handy! You just never know when you are going to need a handful or two. Your family will love this meal. It's special enough to make them feel like they are having a real treat . . . and special enough to feed to company!
You will end up with about 2 1/2 cups of the chutney, but I am sure you will find it so delicious that you won't have a problem using it all up. It is great with pork, ham, chicken or turkey. Try it as a tasty relish in sandwiches!! Stir it into some chicken salad for a wonderfully scrummy sandwich filling. It's also quite, quite special served with a good white farmhouse cheddar and a crusty loaf for a deliciously different ploughman's lunch!
*Sage Pork Chops with Cranberry Chutney*
Mmmm . . . comfort food at it's best. A tasty crumbed pork chop, tender and juice and accompanied with a tasty Cranberry Chutney.
75g plain flour (3/4 cup)
3 large free range eggs
2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
4 to 6 sage leaves, finely chopped
50g fresh bread crumbs (scant cup)
100g fresh finely grated Parmesan Cheese (generous 1/2 cup)
4 good quality pork chops
60ml vegetable oil (1/4 cup)
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
For the chutney:
250g sweetened dried cranberries (1 2/3 cup)
375ml boiling water (1 1/2 cups)
25g of dried apples, diced (about 1/4 cup)
25g of sultanas (about 1/4 cup)
1 TBS minced crystalized ginger
85ml white wine vinegar (generous 1/3 cup)
3 TBS sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp of ground ginger
2 heaping dessertspoons of seedless raspberry jam or red plum jam
First make the chutney. Put the cranberries, apples, sultanas and crystalized ginger into a bowl. Pour the boiling water over and let sit for 30 minutes. At the end of 30 minutes, combine the vinegar, sugar, cayenne, allspice, cinnamon and ginger in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently. Add the berry mixture. Bring back to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the jam and remove the mixture from the heat. Cool to room temperature. (You can even do this the day before if you wish.)
Put the flour for the chops onto a flat plate. Beat the eggs and worcestershire sauce together in a shallow pie plate. Combine the sage leaves, bread crumbs, and Parmesan together in another shallow pie plate. Trim the fat from the pork chops and season them well all over with some salt, pepper and garlic powder. Press a pork chop into the flour, coating the meat evenly and shaking off any excess. Dip the floured pork chop into the beaten egg, allowing any excess to drip off. Press the egged pork chop firmly in the crumb mixture to coat evenly all over. Repeat with the other 3 chops.
Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat, in a heavy bottomed skillet large enough to hold all four chops. Once heated add the chops and cook for 6 to 7 minutes, so they gently sizzle in the oil and a golden crust forms. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side.
Serve immediately with some of the chutney on the side of each portion of pork.
It goes without saying the Toddster likes plenty of potatoes with his, mashed, baked or fried. He's a happy camper just so long as he's got some potato to go with his chop!