One of the big things I missed being able to do while I was sick over the summer was COOKING!! Finally this past week or so I've gained enough energy to get back in the kitchen. The first day I baked an unmentionable amount of lemon muffins...and I mean a lot. I think it was 24 regular sized muffins, 18 mini-bundt cakes, 4 mini-loaves and some extra large muffins. Everyone who came to visit, left with some lemon pastries. Even the neighbors got some!
Since then, I've scaled it down a bit. I've cooked dinner several times for the family and I've been back on Pinterest again, looking for recipes and planning another baking extravaganza.
Tonight, I cooked a recipe that I hadn't made in some time. While cooking, I had an idea...I know there are a lot of large families out there. I mean, the news says otherwise but, I know I'm not the only crazy one that loves kids running around. So, here I am. I am going to share with you tonight's recipe. This is truly one of my favorites and it is a one pan meal....that's right....less dishes!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!
So, let's dive right in!
This recipe is perfect for large families. It is so filling and makes your food soul sing alleluia! And, it's so easy. The only part of this recipe that is complicated: the fact that I don't usually measure things. Hey, I'm Italian. I can't help it. I just pour until it looks good.
What You'll Need:
A large skillet - I use an electric skillet made by Cuisinart
6 Boneless, Thick Cut Pork Chops
1 1/2 Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Cup Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms
2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
Butter - I'll be honest, I don't know how much - a stick maybe
Olive Oil - enough to coat your pan
1 Tablespoon of All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
Salt and Pepper - to taste
Mrs Dash Original Blend - to taste
Instructions on How to Make this Amazing Dish:
1) Warm your skillet and add enough olive oil to just coat the skillet. Once warmed, add the pork chops. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the pork chops lightly. Let the pork chops brown on each side, flipping every 5 minutes or so. Be careful to watch for burning. It will take around 20 minutes for the pork chops to cook through, depending on thickness and heat. Please check your pork's temperature to make sure it is at a safe temperature (160-165 F for well done). Remove pork chops from pan and cover with foil to keep warm.
2) Add butter and garlic to the pork juices in the pan. Stir on medium heat until blended then, slowly add flour; stir until mixed and let all of these things heat until well sauteed but, not burnt. Add mushrooms and stir until lightly cooked (about 5 minutes on medium heat).
3) Add the chicken broth in with the mushrooms. Stir occasionally, mixing in the Mrs. Dash Seasoning. After all of the seasoning is added let the broth mixture set and evaporate for several minutes (I don't measure....probably like, 10 minutes). Then, slowly add the heavy creamer into the dish, stirring frequently. Once the creamer is added into the mixture you will need to stir the dish so that it doesn't settle on the bottom.
Now you will add the cornstarch - BUT WAIT - first mix the cornstarch into a small amount of warm water, just enough to make into a paste like substance. Then, add it into the dish. Stir frequently. If you don't stir, the cornstarch will sink to the bottom and make a gooey substance that does nothing. If after a few minutes you don't have the thickness you desire in a warm, wonderful gravy - repeat the cornstarch step a little at a time.
4) Once you have the cornstarch completely mixed and the sauce has thickened, add the pork chops back into the skillet. Let rest in the sauce/gravy for approximately 10 minutes. Then VIOLA! Your dish is ready!
I serve this dish over minute rice - yea, I said it, minute rice....5 kids....minute rice. But, would pair well with red skinned mashed potatoes or, just by itself.
I hope you and your family enjoy this dish as much as mine do. I wish I could add the pictures of my 17 year old daughter with gravy all over her face but, she won't let me! Ugh! Teenagers!! If you try this recipe, leave a comment below or send me a message!!