Friday, May 06, 2011
Pork Diane with Baked Sweet Potatoes
This week we tried out a couple new recipes and you all get a front row seat to see how we liked them. That's right this week you get TWO recipes for the price of one. Which means I better get started on sharing the directions.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
1 large sweet potato
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 pinches dried oregano
2 pinches salt
2 pinches pepper
4 3oz boneless pork chops
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard (I used yellow)
1/2 to 1 tsp lemon-pepper seasoning
1 tablespoon butter or margerine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano (I used dried)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash sweet potato and cut into 1 inch cubes.
3. Place the cut sweet potatoes in baking dish, add olive oil and
turn them until potatoes are coated.
4. Sprinkle moderately (to taste) with oregano, salt, and pepper.
5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes (until soft). I initially placed aluminum
foil over the pan and removed it when I stirred the potatoes half
way through the baking time.
Once the potatoes are in the oven, you can start the pork chops.
juice, oregano (if using fresh wait until end to add) and mustard
in a small bowl. Set aside.
7. Trim the fat from the chops. Sprinkle both sides of each chop
with lemon-pepper seasoning.
8. In 10" skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add chops and cook
for 8-12 minutes or until juices run clear (or 160 degrees if you
have a meat thermometer). Remove from heat and transfer
chops to serving plate. Keep warm.
9. Pour sauce into skillet and stir to scrape up any crusty brown
bits from the bottom. (If using fresh oregano stir it in now).
Pour the sauce over the chops.
The Verdict: We had mixed reviews on these recipes. We thought the pork chops were delicious and moist (without being underdone), but thought the potatoes were only fair. But we have to be honest and let you know that neither of us are big fans of sweet potatoes to start with, so getting a fair rating is actually pretty good for them.
What I'd do different: I wouldn't change a thing about the pork chops, but for the potatoes I would probably use more seasoning as they were a little bland. TheHusband suggested using some of the lemon-pepper seasoning on them, and I think it's worth a try.