Thursday, December 6, 2007

Grilled Pork Chops with Fried Green Beans

Tonight was a last minute meal - I happened to have pork chops in the fridge and hadn't a clue what to do with them. I came up with this in about 5 minutes and 20 minutes later, dinner was on the table. The green beans are a favorite side dish of mine ever since I used to help my Grandma snap green beans in the backyard before she made these. The yummiest green beans, and can be made anytime using frozen and even without the bacon (since I always have a bit of bacon grease in the fridge). A quick and easy weeknight meal that just so happens to be pretty tasty, too.

Grilled Pork Chops
4 boneless, medium-thick pork chops
2/3 cup Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian Salad Dressing (I always have this on hand because it makes a great marinade)

Put thawed pork chops in a bowl and poke holes in them with a fork. Pour dressing over pork chops and make sure to cover each one. Let sit in fridge for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat grill (I use a grill pan from Pampered Chef - the best investment ever! Grill marks, quick cooking, and moist inside!) . Lightly spray with cooking spray (Pam). Place pork chops on grill or grill pan and press to sear. Let cook about 6 minutes on one side then turn over and sear again. Cook about 6 minutes more and check. Turn again and let cook until done (usually just a few minutes). Suggested sides: fried green beans and jumbo Grands biscuits.

~ recipe from Brieanne Witte ~

Fried Green Beans
1 lb. fresh whole green beans (snap off ends and rinse) OR 1 bag frozen Haricots Verts (thin green beans, whole)
4 strips of bacon, cut up
2 Tblsp. sugar
garlic salt (about 2 tsp.)
pepper (to taste)

Steam green beans in microwave until warm and still a bit crisp (for frozen about 3.5 minutes). Meanwhile, heat large skillet or pan on high heat. Toss in chopped bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon pieces and leave grease in pan. Add green beans to bacon grease in skillet and stir. Season with garlic salt (shake across pan and then back again - I never measure). Add sugar (shake all over as you add). Add pepper to taste (I usually just shake across pan once). Stir and let fry up for a few minutes then stir again. Beans will soften a ton and are done in about 5-6 minutes. Add bacon pieces at the very end then serve. To make without bacon but still have the same flavor, just put a few Tblsp. of bacon grease in the pan as it is heating then add the beans and seasonings.

~ original recipe from Rhoda Leatham ~


Price Family said...

I'm going to have to try the roasted red pepper salad dressing. It sounds so good on the pork chops. On my next shopping trip I'll pick some up.

Price Family said...

I made the pork chops tonight. They were good. The dressing would go really good on chicken.