Saturday, February 13, 2010

Family Favorite Foods

Last nite we had Pork Chops and Hominy.  Very rustic, very peasant foody, very good!!  I used Center Cut Rib Chops, which are very lean and shaped right to fit 4 in a frying pan. (Speaking of frying pans, if you have one, make this in your cast iron skillet.  It tastes better somehow.)  I could probably trim them more, but these are pretty good. First brown them on both sides, just to sear, don't need to cook, yet. 

I use salt, pepper and garlic powder to season.  Once you have seared on both sides, remove to a plate.

I actually had to add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to the pan, because the chops are soo lean.  Scrape any sticky bits and then add 2 tablespoons of flour.  Make a roue and let it brown a bit.  Add 1 cup of 2% milk. If the gravy is really thick add a bit more milk, up to 1/2 cup. Whisk well and allow to thicken a little.  In the meantime, open a 29 oz. can of Hominy.

Hominy is a corn that has been soaked in lye. It puffs up and has a nice texture and flavor. If you have had Corn Nuts, you have eaten fried hominy.  Hominy is good for you. It has 80 calories per 1/2 cup serving, 1 gram of fat and 5 FIBER grams. Hot Damn!

Add your hominy to your "gravy". When was the last time you had gravy while watching your diet?

Reposition your browned pork chops on top of the hominy and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about one hour. Don't overcook. Pork Chops will dry out.

Believe it or not, this is an 8 point meal.  Add a salad or some other greenery and you can't beat this.  It's so good and hearty.   Enjoy.

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