Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pork Chops & Applesauce a la Peter Brady

What an all-American meal! And totally easy. The full meal was actually pork chops, apple sauce, green beans and roasted potatoes. Here's the pork chop recipe:

2 bone-in pork chops, about 1/2 inch thick
1 cup milk
4 slices white bread
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
fresh ground pepper
1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 Tbs canola or vegetable oil

Place the pork chops in a dish and marinate in milk for about 1 hour in the refrigerator. In a food processor place bread, thyme, rosemary, salt, garlic cloves and fresh ground pepper and process to bread crumbs (not too fine).

Heat a 12-inch heavy frying pan over medium high heat with oil and butter. When foaming subsides put chops in the pan, bone towards the center. Cook for 3 minutes then turn, cook for two more minutes then lower heat to medium low and cook until internal temperature reached 140 degrees. Place chops on a plate and let rest about 5 minutes then serve.

(In case you didn't get the Peter Brady reference you're clearly a loser and apparently have some issues with American pop culture. But seriously: Brady Bunch 1971, "The Personality Kid" episode in which Peter tries on new identities, one of which is Humphrey Bogart. And you just can't miss his impression of Bogart when he says, "Pork chops and applesauce." HA! If you'd like to take a stroll down memory lane and hear it for yourself it can be found here: Brady Bunch Shrine, scroll down to Peter's quotes and it's listed under, of course, "pork chops and applesauce.")

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