Saturday, August 13, 2022

Southern Fried Pork Chops with Pan Gravy


So many people tell me they can’t make pork chops.  They come out tough and dry and so why bother.  That’s because you aren’t making them the correct way.  The secret to a moist and tender pork chop is the sear the outside and lock the juices on the inside. I promise you will have perfect pork chops every time.

Southern Fried Pork Chops with Pan Gravy

1 teaspoon seasoned salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
4 bone-in center cut pork chops
2 tablespoons butter 
1 tablespoon olive oil

Pat each pork chop dry with a paper towel. Salt and pepper both sides.


Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the butter. When the butter is melted and the butter/oil mixture is sizzling hot, cook 3 pork chops at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on the first side until golden brown.  Make sure you don’t crowd them.

Turn pork chops over, reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of a pork chop registers 130 degrees, about 4-6 minutes.

Once all your chops have been fried to the right temperature, remove them to a platter and wrap tightly in foil to allow the meat to rest and the pork chops will continue to cook, raising the internal temperature to medium.

Pan Gravy

2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon flour
1 cup half-and-half or whole milk

NOTE:  Recipe can be doubled if you like extra gravy.

While the pork is resting, melt the butter into the pan with the pork drippings over medium high heat and add the flour, stirring to cook the flour for a minute or two to remove the raw taste.

Whisk in the half-and-half a little at a time, whisking constantly until everything is incorporated and smooth.

Pour any juices from the pork chops that have accumulated while the meat was resting into the gravy and continue to cook until thickened, another minute or two.  Serve over a bed of creamy buttery mashed potatoes.


Top with pan gravy.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Chicken and Wild Rice Pot Pie













I have never been a fan of chicken pot pie…. It’s the filling I don’t like.  I truly dislike mixed frozen veggies with cream of whatever soup and a little chicken hidden under a pie shell. When I was little I would eat the pie crust and leave the filling, which brings me to this recipe.

The other day I made my incredible Chicken and Wild Rice soup, which is one of my favorites.  As I was enjoying it with some warm crusty French bread, I realized how deliciously thick and creamy it was.   So, I got to thinking….(seems I’m always thinking about creating new recipes while I’m eating)…OMG this thick delicious soup would be so good in a Pot Pie!  So with a few modifications  I think I created the best pot pie I’ve ever eaten. 

Chicken and Wild Rice Pot Pie

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup diced onion

1/2 cup carrots, diced

1/2 cup celery, diced

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups cooked  chicken breast, chopped (rotisserie is good)

1 (6.2 oz.) Uncle Ben’s Fast Cook Long grain Wild Rice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter

1-1/2 to 2 cups heavy cream

 1 ready made pie crust round or puffed pastry sheet.

1 large egg, beaten



Add olive oil to a large pot.  Saut√© garlic, carrots, onion and celery for a few minutes until softened.  














Sprinkle the half cup of flour in the pot and stir to combine.  Using a whisk, add the chicken broth slowly, stirring constantly.  












Next, slowly whisk in the cream until combined. Bring just to boiling. Stir in the rice and the seasoning packet. Cover the pot and turn heat down to low.

















 After about 10 minutes, stir to make sure rice is not sticking and is incorporated into the liquid. Taste for done-ness and seasoning.  Add salt and pepper as needed.  If too thick add more chicken broth.  To thin, add more cream.






Drop in chopped chicken and stir to combine. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for another 15 minutes until thick and creamy.  Set mixture aside and let it cook for about 10 minutes.

Next, spray your ramekins with non-stick spray.  Then fill with the filling to just beneath the rim.  Brush egg along the rim and just outside the ramekin to keep help the top of your pie to stick. 

Pie Crust

Lay out your pie crust or puffed pastry.  Trace around you ramekin making sure you add about an inch all the way around to hang over. Lay your pie crust on top and press down and crimp all around the rim. Cut  a small slit across the top.  Then brush the top with egg.  Bake at 350 degrees until top is golden brown. 













 I use a rotisserie chicken to save so much time.  If you choose to cook your own, use two boneless skinless chicken breasts.













I pour my liquids in slowly watching to make sure I get the correct consistency.  You want your sauce thick and creamy.







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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Eggs Over Cheesy Potato Cakes
















I truly enjoy this breakfast.  The extra crispy potato cake and that cheesy center are perfect with that smooth velvety egg yolk.  YUM!

Eggs Over Cheesy Potato Cakes

 4 red potatoes

½ cup butter, melted

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs, whisked

¼ cup fresh chives, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400° degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.















Peel and grate the potatoes.  Drop shredded potatoes into a large bowl of ice water. This will remove the surface starch. Then with your hands, squeeze the shredded potatoes and move to a large bowl.












Add butter, cheese, eggs, chives, garlic salt, oregano, and pepper in with the shredded potatoes. Using your hands again, mix until well combined.














Take a handful of the mixture and pack it on a baking sheet into desired hash brown shape.  I like to make oval shapes but you can do any shape you want.  

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until brown and crispy. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

 Over Easy Eggs


1 tablespoon butter

1  large egg

Salt and pepper to taste

Small nonstick frying pan

Flat spatula













Melt the butter in a small nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Tilt the pan so the butter films the bottom.

Add a large egg and season with salt and pepper.

Let the egg cook undisturbed until the white is almost completely set and opaque except for the 1/2-inch area around the yolk, about 2 minutes.
















Carefully flip the egg. Use the edge of a flat spatula to cut and separate the egg if needed. Gently slide the spatula under the egg, making sure it is centered under the yolk, and carefully flip the egg.














Cook until the white is completely set, about 30 seconds more. Gently lift the egg onto your potato patty.  Enjoy!







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