Here is my first recipe edition to dLondie.
I’d like to consider myself a naturally healthy eater, but that was a lifestyle change I made years ago. One thing I learned through that change is BALANCE and to not completely cut out things you love. I found myself binging when I would try to do that. The following recipe Neri and I made on a rainy night when comfort food just felt right.
NOTE: I am no chef/cook by any means…I try to follow certain recipes (keyword try) so if I follow a specific one, it will be cited, otherwise I will provide you with the recipe I came up with based on trial and error. And let me tell you a lot of the time its on error, but those turn out to be the best sometimes. Enjoy and please let me know what you think in the comment area below!
Potato Gratin Ingredients:
5 Medium Sized (starchy) Potatos
2 1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
3 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
1 Cup Finely Grated Parmesan
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Preheat Oven: 355F
Step 1: Rinse Potatos
Step 2: Peel the Potatos
Step 3: Slice the Potatos about a 1/4″ thick and then line them in a baking dish. Keeping the pieces staggered.
Step 4: Mix the Cream, Garlic, and Parmesan. Then pour over the Potatos. Put in oven for 60 minutes or until golden brown.
THEN: Pour yourself a glass of wine and cheers, cooking should be fun! We had a good Pinot Noir that went well with the Pork Chops.
Now onto the Rub….YUMMY! The following amount was used for 2 Bone-In Pork Chops:
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
2 Tablespoons Hot Chilil Powder **You can make adjustment here**
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Allspice
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
I personally like to get my meat from Whole Foods or a local farmer so I know it has no hormones or anything unwanted and weird and the animals were raised with care, your preference may vary and I’m totally cool with that, but it’s always important to know where your food is coming from.
Step 5: NOW, Rub that rub into the meat and let sit in the fridge for about 30 min to an hour.
Step 6: Heat a skillet with some melted *unsalted butter…wait till it’s hot. (Neri always says to me when I forget to wait ‘Hot pan yes, how can you bloody cook anything if the pan isn’t hot yet’
When the potatos have about 20 minutes left…Pan fry the Pork Chops for 3 Minutes on each side. Then place wrapped up in tin foil on a baking sheet and let bake for 15 minutes.
Step 7: If you love cheese like me then I add some shreddedness on top of the Potatos Gratin. Pull the potatos out after they have been in for 50 minutes. Then take a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and sprinkle over the top to cover and place back in over for about 10 more minutes.
Then pull the potatos out, along with your yummy Pork Chops, plate and serve!
Toast yourself and whoever you are sharing this wonderful dish with to love and a beautiful life, becasue whoever you are, you deserve it!