Friday, September 24, 2010

Recipes for the Mama Writer!!


Here's a meal to fix up when you're needin' to suck up to the hubby!!

This recipe comes to us via Paula Deen's Kitchen Classics Cookbook. I absolutely LOVE this book, but have to warn you its dishes aren't for those watching their waist-lines. We're talking butter by the stick load!

We fixed this up last Sunday and it was a breeze to cook. I think the most time consuming part was chopping the potatoes and making up the white sauce. Everything else whipped up quick.

I served the chops with some buttered corn. Oh, baby! One bite of these Farmer's Pork Chops and you'll craving them. LOL I sure am!

Paula Deen's Kitchen Classics (2000)

8 medium potatoes
1/2 medium onion
Salt and Pepper to taste
White Sauce
1 cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoon's Lawry's Seasoned Salt
8 center cut pork chops (I bought a tenderloin at Costco, which is basically pork chops w/o the bone. Hubs sliced them to match the width of a pork chop. Worked perfect!)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350*. Peel potatoes; slice 1/4 inch thick. Slice onion into very thin slices. Layer half the potatoes in a well-greased 15x10" casserole dish. (Hub's layered them in a row.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Scatter half of onions on top of potatoes. Repeat with remaining potatoes and onions. Cover the potatoes with the white sauce and bake for 15mins in oven. Mix together the flour and seasoned salt and dredge pork chops in flour mixture. Lightly brown chops in vegetable oil. Do not cook them completely! As chops are removed from frying pan, lay them on top of the cooked potatoes. Bake at 350* for 45-60 mins.

Directions for the White Sauce:
8 Tablespoons butter (which is one stick)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 to 2 teaspoons salt
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups milk

Melt butter; remove from heat. Stir in flour; add salt and pepper. Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly. Add milk, 1 cup at a time. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer 1 to 2 mins, then let stand at least 1 to 2 minutes.

Recipe Rating:
5 Stars *****
(Kids loved the potatoes and hubby gladly took leftovers to work!)

Overall, this recipe was delicious! Definitely a keeper and will appear again on my monthly meal plan. If you're looking to please, make this dish and watch the smiles!

Enjoy! See you back on Wednesday for VIRGINA KANTRA!

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