Friday, January 18, 2008

Culinary altruism

And now, because my heart is full of love, here is a recipe for preparing pork chops that I created ex nihilo and completely by accident the other night. Bachelor cooking is full of surprises, and some of them are really, really tasty. Enjoy!


The Pork Chop Express

ingredients:
4 small boneless pork chops
one nice big apple
one sweet onion
one clove garlic
half a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes with peppers
one cap of cider vinegar
salt, pepper, cumin, parsley, cilantro

I got a big, big skillet and coated the bottom with olive oil. When the oil was nice and hot I put the pork chops and browned them on one side. Then I turned them over and gave them plenty of salt and pepper. After they cooked a bit, I pushed them to the edge of the pan and emptied half a can of Ro-Tel in the middle. I let that cook while I chopped up the onion and the apple. Then I crushed the garlic and put it in the oil around the edges. The onion went in the middle with the tomatoes, and then I gave it all a bit of salt and a pinch of cumin. After it had a chance to cook a bit more, I threw in the apple and the vinegar and then mixed everything up in the middle. I turned the chops to make sure they got cooked on both sides, tossed a bit of parsley and cilantro on top, and just waited for the chops.


I served it with coleslaw (courtesy of Rachel Lucas) and sourdough bread. Super yummy! And really pretty easy. If anyone else tries it, give me a holler and let me know how it turns out.

--CHEF GILBERTO BENITEZ

3 comments:

Alice Wills Gold said...

WOW John Payne. I didn't know that you could cook. It is one thing to cook and a whole other story to be writing your own recipes....You are not just a geek, but borderline metrosexual. Don't let the word out that you cook, or the married women might start a riot getting to your door.

David said...

I tried this yesterday in my slow cooker, and it was perfect. It's a pretty small cooker (1qt, I think), so I didn't have room for much. I used only 2 chops, and substituted balsamic vinegar for cider vinegar. Let it cook 6 or 7 hours, and enjoy the fun after.

If I were doing it again, I would bake some bread and serve as pork chops and soupy-stuff (from the apple and onion cooking- it produces a lot of water) to dip bread in.

the House of Payne said...

I usually do rice instead of bread. But, yeah, it definitely needs a starch to soak up all the goodness.