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Old 02-13-2007, 02:09 PM   #1
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ISO Pork Chop Ideas for Valentines Day

Hello,
I realize I'm very late in the game for ideas for valentines day but I decided that I want to cook for my girlfriend rather than take her out. Her absolute favorite food is boneless pork chops. I'm in search of recipes that are easier for the cooking challenged but taste great. I'm new to cooking but I really want to make this special for her. So does anyone have any good recipes for boneless chops that I could handle? Also if anyone can recommend a wine to go with dinner that would be great also.

Thanks in advance

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Old 02-13-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
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These are easy. Use any kind of wine you like in the recipe (long as it's red) and have the rest with dinner.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:15 PM   #3
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Hello, again, just welcomed you!

Your Best Pork Chop Recipe

but there is one somewhere which is outstnding...I'll see if I can find it for you. If you do a search for pork chops you will get loads of results :)
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:19 PM   #4
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Sear the chops, wrap them in puff pastry, cook like a Beef Wellington, serve with some gravy, mashed (my fav) potatos, asperagus and a salad!

Just find a recipe for Wellington and sub a nice pork chop. mmmm good.

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Old 02-13-2007, 02:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions so far everyone! I am currently reading every single one of them as well as searching for recipes on the forums. Such a wealth of information. They all sound sooo good. The key for me is finding one I can't screw up! Keep em coming and thanks for the ideas and the warm welcome
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:26 PM   #7
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make a brine of 1 quart H20, 1/4 cup kosher salt and 2 Tab. sugar. You can add other flavors if you wish, but do be sure to warm the H2O in order to blend and dissolve the ingredients. Allow the brine to get to room temp and brine the chops for 1 hour. Take out, rinse, pat dry and add your fav seasoning. Grill, broil or pan fry to about 135-140 degrees in center of chop. Let rest a few minutes b4 slicing. They will be do tender and juicy!
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:32 PM   #8
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marinade the pork chops in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and sliced pears (overnight or at least 1 hour)
in a nonstick pan fry the pork on med high heat add the pears and the rest of the marinade in after you have browned the first side (the marinade will cook enough while you are browning side 2)
the balsamic and the pears make a sweet syrupy glaze/sauce for the pork

**Remember that pork does not need to be well done any more, just a slight hint of pink is perfect (moist and tasty)

I would serve this with a nice red (serving a wine that you like is the most important thing)
for sides I would roast some potatoes (if you want to be really cute you can use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped potato pieces to roast) and steam some asparagus
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Now this pork loin (easily available at a market) is just boneless pork chops that haven't been separated. This could be easily halved or used for leftovers...mmmmm:

PORK WELLINGTON

1 pork loin roast, fully cooked
2 sheets puff pastry, frozen
1 c. mushrooms, chopped
1/2 c. onions, chopped
1/2 c. parsley, chopped
2 oz. butter
1 egg, beaten
Flour, as needed
1 pinch nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

In a frying pan heat butter and saute mushrooms, onions, and parsley with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Cook until all liquid is absorbed. Put aside to cool.
Roll out puff pastry sheets and spread mushroom mixture evenly in the center of the sheets. Place pork on top of mixture.
Gently fold the puff pastry around pork and pinch edges together to seal. Place on a baking sheet pan and brush pastry with the egg.
Bake in an oven at 375 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. Check for color. When pastry is golden brown, it is ready to serve. Serves: 6-8.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:15 PM   #10
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This has become a family favorite and a comfort food for my oldest son.

Pork Chops in Onion Sauce..REC.



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