ok, everyone that knows me probably realizes i have an underdeveloped sense of humor that in a lot of ways never really left middle school. i’m ok with that. a combination of factors, not the least of which was my own self satisfaction of using the term PORK CHOP SANDWICHES! in my blog led me to this weeks meal. it helps of course that one of the things left behind by eddie was a bag of pork chops. can’t let the go to waste now can we?
let’s get this out of the way… anyone who is confused at my unbridled amusement at the mere mention of PORK CHOP SANDWICHES!, please follow this link and then get back to me. after you stop giggling uncontrollably, continue on with the blog. if for some odd reason you fail to see the humor, perhaps my blog isn’t really for you after all…
ok, simple meal this week, the aforementioned pork chop sandwiches (which i will stop capitalizing, i got it out of my system now) topped with caramelized red onions, mushrooms and gruyere cheese with pan fried broccoli. tasty to say the least but simple on the relative scale of things.
everyone who reads my blog knows by this point that i love my slow cooker. crock pots are one of the absolute essentials in my opinion, they work magic on just about any type of meat. so, i took the three pork chops left in the freezer, liberally salted and peppered them and tossed them into the crock pot. add to this a bottle of sam adams noble pils and a bit of sage. cook for eight and a half hours, turning often. remove any excess fat and all the bones, not just the excess ones. drain and cool slightly.
meanwhile, slice up a medium sized red onion and about six white mushrooms. saute these in a saucepan over medium heat with a knob of butter until the onions brown.
once the onions and the meat is ready, slice up a few large slices of king’s sweet Hawaiian bread. toast the bread on both sides under your broiler. top one slice of bread with the stewed down pork chops and the onion/mushroom mixture. add to this two slices of gruyere and broil until the cheese melts. enjoy and try not to laugh about the video while enjoying your pork chop sandwiches.
I wanted something simple and understated to go alongside this but something quite tasty. that’s not asking for much is it? so, i settled on broccoli, touch fried in butter with just a bit of salt for seasoning. easier done than said, melt a large knob of butter in your saucepan and add in the broccoli, frying until the tips become crisp and slightly blackened, turning once and once only. serve immediately.
it was a simple meal but one that was very satisfying. it served the purpose of helping to clean out the cupboards and gave me an immense dose of humorous satisfaction. yup, i liked it…
(working on the laptop in the airport, having issues uploading the pictures, they are forthcoming)