Friday, November 7, 2008

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

I had tonight's dinner planned to a T. I had found a spaghetti squash in the fridge, that I had bought a few weeks ago. It still looked fine, so I had planned on baking it, then sauteing it with butter, garlic and tossing it with Parmesan. So 4:30 rolls around and I wash the squash and pierce the skin a few times. In the oven it goes for 1 hr. Thirty minutes later, I throw the chops in the oven, as well. Five thirty rolls around and I pull the squash out of the oven and cut it in half. It smelled HORRIBLE!!! The middle was all slimy, there was no way we could eat it.

I had 15 minutes to come up with a side dish to the pork chops. Mr.B is not very fond of rice, so that was out. We've been eating pasta all week, so that was out..... this is one time where I wished we bought instant mashed potatoes, LOL. So I peeled up some potatoes and chopped them up into small chunks. The chops had 10 minutes to rest, before the potatoes were done. All came together well and Mr.B ate all his dinner, mashed potatoes, peas and all.

This is one of my favorite ways to cook pork chops. Kids love it, because it's sweet, but not sickeningly sweet. I got this recipe from my sister and it is so simple. I add a splash of fresh lemon juice, to add a nice fresh taste in the back ground.

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Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

4 loin chops
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C ketchup
squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season chops with salt and pepper. Place chops onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Slather chops with half the sauce. Bake in oven for 30-40 mins, or until internal temperature of chops reaches 165 degrees. Halfway through the cooking time, flip the chops and slather with remaining sauce.

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