Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maple Pecan Pork Chops with Garlic "Smashed" Potatoes

Fall is in the air! Last night's dinner was my first official fall dinner. I found this recipe in the Schwan's delivery book and could not wait to try it. It was incredible! Yummy goodness that believe it or not my whole family did NOT turn up their noses too. I am in love with this recipe, even though as most of you not hip on meat other than chicken and turkey. (Hey Lindsey, I even wore the apron you made for me!)

This recipe is worth sharing! Let me know how you liked it!

Maple Pecan Pork Chops

4 Boneless Pork Loin Chops

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Cup of chopped onion
1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
1 teaspoon sage


1. Heat oil in pan. Place Pork Loin chops in pan, cook 6 to 8 minutes each side. Add the onion. Cook for another 4 to 6 minutes or until onions are transparent. In a medium bowl, combine Maple syrup, sage, soy sauce, and then add chopped pecans. Pour this mixture into the pan over the pork chops and onions. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for another 6 to 8 minutes. Serve pork chops, dripping the rest of the mixture in the pan over the chops.

For the Garlic Smashed Potatoes:

Red Skin Potatoes, cubed into quarters
3 to 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4 cup of Milk
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Parsley to taste


Place medium to large pot to boil. Clean and cube the potatoes, I left the skins on, we love it that way, plus it leaves more nutritional value. Boil until soft. Obviously you need to start boiling your potatoes before your cooking your chops. Add the cloves of garlic to the water and potatoes. We love garlic, so you can add as much as you like. Once your potatoes are soft, drain them. Try to keep as much of the garlic in with the potatoes. Add the salt, pepper, parsley, butter, milk. Use a wooden spoon and smash and stir the potato mixture. It should look lumpy, not whipped.

I served these with green beans and topped off the decadence with big, chocolaty Brownies for dessert.

Tonight's dinner:

Hungrian Goulash

Corn Bread Muffins

Baked apple Crisp

The smell of apples is penetrating the room as I speak! Can you smell it too?


Lindsey said...

All the food looks so good! No, I cannot personally smell the apples in the air--jealous! It's still definitely Summer here in southern CA and I'm anxious for fall, my favorite season.

I've been meaning to tell you that I read your blog all the time even though I never remember to comment. I'm glad all is well with the move. I let my daughter "paint" with her pudding the other day because of you! :)

Jen said...'re like, a stinkin' showoff! :)~ Chops look DELISCIOUS!!!! And since there are relatively few ingredients, even I might try to make it...someday! ha ha!
Wish I could serve nutritious goodness to my fandamily, but alas, I do not cook. When I hit the lottery, I will hire YOU to do my
Love ya! - Jen

The Arizona Richters said...

Sounds and looks good. I am craving the Ohio fall air, but the AZ air isn't so bad after 6pm. We've just picked a whole bunch of pears, and pear apples from a friends house. Fall is here!

C'mon over, pull up a chair.

C'mon over, pull up a chair.
I found these kids chairs at a flea market and got them both for $15. I love this color!

The Apron Swap

The Apron Swap
I did it! And I even made one for myself!