Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stuffed Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Cauliflower

I made stuffed pork chops last night, I found another recipe in Weight Watchers magazine (a friend gave me a stack of these and there are some really great recipes in them.)  I did modify a bit,  I am pretty sure I was not suppose to cook my chops in butter and olive oil but it just tastes so much better.  I also made some mashed potatoes using some leftover Jack-O-Lantern cheese ball.  I served it with roasted cauliflower, I changed this recipe slightly by using cumin and turmeric instead of garam masala, I prefer the flavor and cumin is one of my absolute favorite spices! Enjoy!

Stuffed Pork Chops
ingredients:
1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed
2 tbsp golden raisins
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmigiana cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 boneless center-cut pork chops
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Make the filling by combining the spinach, raisins, garlic, parmigiana cheese, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper
Insert a knife into one side of the pork chop and cut a pocket.  Fill the pocket with 1/4 of the filling (or as much as you can) and secure with a toothpick.  Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper.
Heat a saute pan over med high heat  and add 1 tablespoon olive oil and one tablespoon of butter.  When the butter foams add your pork chops and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate when done and tent with foil while you make the sauce.
I had leftover filling when I was done so I added it to my sauce.  Add the broth and leftover filling to same pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, scraping up brown bits with a wooden spoon, until mixture reduces by half. Remove skillet from heat and add vinegar,serve over pork chops.

                                              Mashed Potatoes with leftover Cheese Ball
I made basic mashed potatoes with red potatoes and when I was adding the butter, milk, salt and pepper - I decided to throw in the rest of the cheese ball.  It came out great.

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