Friday, August 7, 2015

Pork Chops Scallopini with Mushrooms and Thyme

Pork Chops are a hard thing to cook well. Especially the run of the mill grocery store variety. Yet for so many homemakers it's a very economical option for putting meat on the table. So I have decided over the course of the rest of this year to take on the challenge of making amazing pork chop recipes and sharing them with you all. Hopefully they will inspire you to find your inner pork lover and give them a try.

This recipe started with boneless center cut pork chops in a family pack of 6 chops. I thought that two chops would be a portion but when paired with a simple arugula salad and a pan of my cornbread one chop became a meal.

I started with a regular recipe for pork scallopini with capers and a wine butter sauce. And then decided to bump up the bulk of the dish by adding mushrooms and onions. It came out really really well. In fact when we ate this we both looked at each other and said, oh yes, that's good.

So try this out this Summer and I'm sure that this recipe will be one you are making well into the fall. Enjoy Y'all!

Pork Chops Scallopini with Mushrooms and Thyme ( serves 4-6)

6 good sized center cut boneless pork chops about an inch or more thick
flour for dusting plus 1 heaping tablespoon to add to the sauce
6 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/4 cup white wine
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 medium spanish or white onion thinly sliced into rings
1 pound white mushrooms ( 1/4 sliced and the rest quartered)
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 1/2 tablespoon capers
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste


Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoons butter in the pan to medium high
Sprinkle the chops with salt and pepper
Dredge the chops in flour and quickly cook over medium high heat till just seared brown on both sides
Hold to the side on a plate
Add the rest of the olive oil and one tablespoon of butter to the pan
Add onions with a good pinch of salt and pepper and cook over medium heat till softened and slightly browned just till they have some color
Add the mushrooms  and thyme and cook till just slightly softened then add 1/4 cup of wine and deglazed the pan
Sprinkle the flour over the pan and stir to combine
Add the wine stir into the sauce

Add the capers
Taste sauce and season if needed
Nestle the chops into the mushrooms and onions and capers sauce spooning some of the mixture over the chops to cover the chops
Cover and turn heat to low and simmer for about 20 mins
When ready to serve add the remaining butter lemon juice the parsley stir in slowly till mixed and melted
Serve with a good portion of an arugula salad dressed tossed with lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Also serve cornbread on the side.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Black Forbidden Rice with Ginger and Toasted Sesame

In ancient China this rice was reserved for the imperial court and the Emperor. It was thought to have special properties and as such was thought to be only for him. I don't think it has any special properties other than being delicious. Trader Joe's now carries this rice and you should make it. just be aware while it is cooking it has very dark blue black color that leaches out from the rice and will stain wooden cooking spoons and such. But that aside the texture and flavor are tremendous.

Nutty and chewy with a slight crunch. Flavored with ginger and sesame oil and other flavors this rice delivers and it's visually stunning. Make this with Pepper Steak or Soy Glazed Red Short Ribs or serve with a Orange Chicken and Shrimp with cashews. It's also great at room temperature so make this this summer and serve it on the patio with your BBQ or on the buffet for your Summer party.

Black Forbidden Rice with Ginger and Toasted Sesame
( this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled)


1 cup black rice
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 cups chopped scallions on the bias
2 tablespoons sesame seeds


Bring water to a boil and then add the rice.
Cook for 30 minutes or more until the water is gone
Remove from heat
Right after removing from heat stir in all ingredients except the sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds.
Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.
When cool add the sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds reserving a few scallions and seeds for garnish.