Monday, May 2, 2016

Pineapple Princess Pork Chops

This dish takes the traditional tastes of the holidays and bastes them into a juicy thick pork chop! Why wait til winter to enjoy sweet potatoes? Looking for a great way to fix pork? Look to the south. Now folks all over the U.S. eat sweet potatoes, and they are grown in lots of states and even overseas. Yet sweet potatoes just seem to speak with a southern accent. What is better for us than having most of the flavors already blended for us to simplify our lives.

Serve this with plain rice. Since we are using some fruit in this dish, lets have a green vegetable with some cheese. Mix things up by blending a frozen broccoli with cheese sauce with some frozen green beans and sprinkle with grated cheese. Make this meal your own and have some fun with it!

Most often, when a recipe calls for "yams" they are referring to canned sweet potatoes, but if you check the cans, somewhere in small type on the label, usually under the word "yams," you'll see the words "sweet potatoes" also.

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour or corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 -4 pork loin chops (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds total), each cut 3/4-inch thick
  • 2 slices bacon cut into three pieces each
  • 1 (8-1/4-ounce) can pineapple chunks in heavy syrup, drained, syrup reserved
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (15 oz) can candied yams, drained and cut into 1-inch chunks

Make slits into the fat ribbon side of the chops. This will prevent
it from “cupping”. Mix the flour or corn starch with salt & pepper and rub into each chop

Cook bacon until crispy and rendered grease. Use a large skillet over medium high heat. Remove bacon and brown the chops for about 10 minutes at 5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate, keeping the oil hot.

While that was cooking, open the pineapple chunks and drain syrup into a medium bowl. Also drain the yams into a 2nd bowl.
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon into the pineapple syrup. Stir well.

Once the chops are out of the skillet, pour in the pineapple syrup and let cook while stirring to thicken. (about 2 – 3 minutes.)

Return the chops and spoon mixture over to coat them.
Add the drained pineapple chunks and the cut up yam pieces.
Lower the temperature to a simmer and let sit for another 7 to 10 minutes. Watch to make sure nothing burns.

For sides, fix white rice according to package instructions. For a green vegetable, cook the frozen broccoli in cheese sauce for half of the time listed. Open package into a large bowl. Mix in about ½ cup of frozen green beans and return to the microwave for the remainder of the time listed. When serving, sprinkle some grated cheese over just to make is special.

What a meal! And in under the old ½ hour mark.
For some music to cook by:

So excited to be serving my Master with a gracious southern meal.

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


Dan White


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