This old style dinner was developed where the folks spent all day doing psychical labor. This is a rich honest taste of just plain good!
Slave was just studying the “Maillard reaction”. How the amino acids and the natural sugars in food create tasty “dicarbonyls”. This is the science behind why we “brown” the meat! Or carmelize the onions. Slave apologizes for perhaps not allowing that to happen enough so that this would be more photogenic. Maybe adding some chopped chives over the top would have added interest. Remember we taste first with our eyes.
two 1 inch thick pork chops
1 medium yellow onion
2 cups chicken stock
1 small can of mushrooms pieces and stems, drained
3 tbs all purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste, maybe some Herbes de Province if you like.
For the sides:
4 red potatoes peeled & diced
2 ounces unsalted butter
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg yolk
Roasted Fresh Broccoli
2 heads of fresh broccoli (between ½ and 1 lbs)
large pinch of kosher salt
2 tbs of oil (Slave used some of that left over oil from the confit - HEAVEN)
Wash off the chops and dry. With a shape knife cut slits in the fat down to the meat along the side. This lets the chop cook flat. Otherwise the side with fat will draw-up and almost form a bowl.
Sprinkle with kosher salt and season with any pepper or preferred seasonings.
Heat about 2 tbs of oil in a covered deep frying pan. Then brown both sides of the chops about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chops and cover with foil.
While that is browning, drain the mushrooms and slice the onion. Slave chose to use a mandolin for this, but not important.
When chops are removed, add the onions and mushrooms. Stir and cook for about 6 minutes. This gets the water out of the mushrooms and turns the onions more transparent.
Sprinkle the 3 tbs of all purpose flour into the pan and stir for 2 minutes. Then mix in the 2 cups of chicken stock. Stir that for about 4 minutes until it thickens.
Return the chops to the pan and spoon the sauce over them. Cover and reduce the heat to a slight simmer and let cook for about 20 minutes. This step is to finish cooking the chops and to steep them with flavors.
Set them on a platter and with a slotted spoon dish the onions and mushrooms over them. Let sit to rest for 5 minutes while you:
Spoon the broccoli into a bowl. Dish out the mashed potatoes. Pour the sauce into a bowl.
Your fresh meal from scratch is ready to warm the tummies and hearts of all who partake.
This interesting lesbian at my table had been a “Hitler Youth”! But what struck me was the very wealth of information, of existence sitting right here by my side. It could have been overwhelming. In this light social setting we chatted, joked and enjoyed each others company.