Friday, October 23, 2009

Caesar Pork Chops

6 boneless pork chops
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. creamy Caesar salad dressing
1 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray. In a shallow dish, mix flour and Italian seasoning. Pour Caesar dressing in another shallow dish. Dip both sides of pork chops in flour and then in the dressing, coating well. Place in baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until cooked through. *Note: this baking time works for thin cut chops. I usually use thick ones and so my baking time is closer to an hour.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pork Fried Rice

1/4 lb. ground pork
5 green onions, chopped
5 eggs
soy sauce
About 4 cups of cooked rice

*My sister in law emailed me this recipe ages ago and I've lost track of it. Sorry Ai, if you read this. I know that it's different from the original, but it's how I decided to make it when I couldn't find the recipe. ☺

In a large, deep skillet or wok, heat a small amount of vegetable oil, about 1 tsp. Add the ground pork and stir to break up and brown. You can season with salt and pepper while browning if desired. Remove from pan. If necessary, add another tsp. of oil. Put onions in the pan and stir fry for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the pan. Add another tsp. of oil if necessary and scramble the eggs. When scrambled, add the meat and onions back to the pan. If it seems like the rice will stick, you can add a little more oil to the pan. Add rice to the pan. Season with soy sauce. Stir fry until cooked through. I'm calling this a side dish, but it's so filling it really works as the main course.

Cheesy Mini Burgers

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. ketchup
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste

Mix the meat, 2/3 c. cheese, 1/4 c. ketchup and garlic powder. Shape into 12 balls. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Flatten each ball into a patty, about 1/2 inch thick. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Spread remaining ketchup on patties and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes. Serve with rice.