Italian Style Pork Chops, G-F Of Course!
I was tired of preparing Pork Chops the same old couple of ways, so I decided to try something different, and we loved it: Italian Style! What else, right? You may love it too, so give this a try. No ingredients are weird or unusual, and you may already have everything on hand, except perhaps, fresh mushrooms. Easy to pick up though, so why not go for it?
4 or 5 Pork Chops, either boneless or on-bone. ( try to find 3/4inch to 1 in. thick)
3 Garlic Cloves, paper removed and minced
1 small Yellow Onion or ½ large onion, sliced thinly
3 tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4-6 White Mushrooms or Crimini, also sliced, stems removed & discarded
1 can Diced Tomatoes, about 12 to 14 ounce size
5-6 Fresh Basil Leaves, washed, then chopped
Few Parsley Sprigs, also washed & chopped. (Or ½ teas dried)
Dash of Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper
Optional: Red or Orange or Green Bell Pepper: remove seeds and slice into 1 in wide strips.
Optional: Dash of Red Pepper flakes. Really, only a quick dash.
Directions: Brief and Quick:
Put oil in skillet and heat on medium. Place chops in and just brown on both sides, maybe 8 minutes total.
Remove to a plate.
In same skillet, saute the onions and garlic. Don’t let garlic brown.
Add mushrooms and saute until tender.
Add tomatoes, spices and stir to combine all.(Save bell pepper for later.)
Now put the meat back in, and nestle them amidst the former ingredients.
Cover pan with a tight lid and simmer on low to medium heat until chops feel tender when you stick a sharp knife into center. You should turn the chops over once during the cooking time, at the ½ hr point. (I set a timer, since I’ll forget if I move away from the stove! HaHa) Total cooking can be nearly 1 hour. When you’re at that point, add the bell peppers and cook for just 5 minutes more.
Done! Plate ‘em up and enjoy with a lovely bowl of your favorite rice or perhaps some g-f spaghetti! Mangia!