I’m a pattern seeker/finder by nature. One thing that led me to learn how to experiment in the kitchen is seeing the patterns in various recipes for “nearly” the same thing. Take pork chops. One recipe says brown, the cover with x, then cover the pan and simmer for 30 minutes (or 45 or 60). Another recipe says brown, then move to a baking dish, cover with some sauce or whatnot, and bake for an hour at 350. Another skips the browning. Another throws nearly the same ingredients in a slow cooker, with or without browning first.
Tonight I did this.
Easy Pork Chops
- 3-4 pork chops I used bone-in
- salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
- 1 Tbs oil
- 1 15-oz can of cream of mushroom soup or make your own cream of soup
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Sprinkle the pork chops with whatever you want. Heat the oil on medium high heat and brown the pork chops on both sides.
- Mix together the soup, ketchup, and Worcestershire. Pour the soup mix over the pork chops when they're browned, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, periodically spooning sauce on them.
- Serve with egg noodles or rice or mashed potatoes or whatever you like because the sauce is quite tasty!
If you don’t have or don’t like canned cream of soups, make your own cream of soup.
- Brown some onions first, leave out the ketchup and Worcestershire
- Add a can of mushroom slices or pieces when you add the soupy mix
- Add some sliced carrots
- Add some milk with the soup for more sauce
- Top the chops with a box of stuffing mix
- Bake instead of simmer on the stovetop
- Use 1 cup of cola and 1 cup of ketchup for a more “barbecue” taste
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