November 13, 2008

Pork Chops Braised in Country Gravy

I was trying to decide what to fix for dinner before I got home tonight. I was thinking something quick and easy. Maybe seafood. I spoke to Grumpy on the cell to see how long he would be and lo and behold, he was going to beat me home! He asked what was for dinner. I told him I was thinking about the Velvet Shrimp recipe. That didn't fly. He wanted something that would fill him up. Yeah, those were his words. I think Velvet Shrimp does the job, but of course, my Grumpy, nothing fills him up better than meat and potatoes. So, when I got home, I pulled some boneless pork chops out of the fridge, defrosted them and grabbed my Cooking Light Complete cookbook.

I found a recipe for Pork Chops Braised in Country Gravy and figured that should satisfy Grumpy. I scrubbed some red potatoes and quartered them and got them ready to cook so we could have them with the pork chops.

Now, I gotta laugh at Grumpy. I didn't let on that I was going to fix anything other than the shrimp dish. I figured, let him suffer a bit. See, I do get my revenge for his grumpiness in my own way. he he. He finally made it into the kitchen and was nosing around the stove. I knew he wanted to know what I was up to. I finally said "You aren't curious are you?" he he. I wouldn't tell him what I was making. I just told him that he needed to get out of my way if he wanted to eat anytime tonight. hehe. I'm getting such pleasure just remembering. lol

I hadn't made this recipe before, but it really turned out great. The pork was tender and flavorful and I will definitely be keeping it around because its also light!

Pork Chops Braised in Country Gravy
Cooking Light Complete

4 (4 ounce) boned loin pork chops (about 1" thick)
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1-1/2 cup 2% (I used skim) milk, divided
1 teaspoon margarine or butter (I always use butter, margarine only makes it in my house by soft tub)

Trim fat from pork. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork; seal bag and shake to coat pork with flour mixture. Remove pork from bag, reserving remaining flour mixture. Place reserved flour mixture in a small bowl. Gradually add 3/4 cup milk, stirring with a whisk until blended.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Add milk mixture; cover, reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn pork. Stir in 3/4 milk, cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Uncover skillet, and cook pork 15 minutes or until gravy is reduced to 2/3 cup. Spoon gravy over pork. Yield: 4 servings (1 chop and 2-1/2 Tablespoons gravy).

Calories: 248, Fat 10.9 grams, Protien 28.4, Carb 7.2, Fiber o.1, Chol 79mg, Iron 1.2 mg, Sodium 425 mg.

Weight Watcher points: 6

My friend Barbara of Barbara Bakes did this MEME and since I was one of the last 10 people who left a comment on her blog I will carry on and do it also. This one is a little different though so I think it will be fun!

This Meme shows commenters that you care about the people who visit your blog and take the time to leave comments!!

The rules:
1. List the last ten people who have commented on your blog
2. If you’re on my list then you should do the meme on your blog too

10 Blogs, 15 Questions.

1. Kristen of Dine and Dish
2. Barbara of Barbara Bakes
3. Cami of Creating Myself
4. Sabrina of Superfluous
5. Bobby of Blog Chef
6. Shelly of Musings from a Fishbowl
7. Sophie of Recipes2Share
8. Michele of Life, Lightly Salted
9. Cookie Pie
10. Cristine of Cooking with Christine

1: What is your favorite post from number 3’s blog?
Any post that Cami has involving her grands is an awesome post, but my favorite one so far is the one where we got to see the kids dressed up for Halloween - including her new grandson who is just as adorable as the rest! You can see the post here.

2. Has number 10 taken any pictures that have moved you?
Cristine recently did a post about lunch for the kids. Her daughter had a playmate over for lunch and I am always happy to see when moms include their kids in the meal making. She made them an awesome lunch and you can see that here.

3. Does number 6 reply to comments on their blog?
I'm not sure, but she comments on my blog!

4. Which part of blogland is number 2 from?
Barbara is on the opposite side of the country from me. We have a bit in common (particularly my former last name), both had a child get married over the summer and both like Cooking Light!

5. If you could give one piece of advice to number 7 what would it be?
I can't give advice to someone who know so much more than me! Sophie has a great website where you can actually register and submit pics that she graciously posts on her photo gallery. She also has a blog view which is very cool!

6. Have you ever tried something from number 9’s blog?
Not yet, but her Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes look pretty tempting. I may be trying those for a Sunday morning soon!

7. Has number 1 blogged something that inspired you?
I'm pretty new to reading Kristen's blog, but I look forward to keeping up with her - she has a great looking one with some seafood recipes I came across on Tastespotting that belong to her (in my attempt to figure out what seafood dish to fix for dinner some night soon!) Just click here for the seafood search.

8. How often do you comment on number 4’s blog?
I just met Sabrina and saw her blog for the first time this week and started to follow her.

9. Do you wait for number 8 to post excitedly?
Sure do. I like reading about her inspirations from other posts!

10. How did number 5’s blog change your life?
Bobby has an awesome blog and his is one of the first ones I go to on a search for recipes. Every photo he takes looks so appetizing! He has a Black Pepper Chicken recipe that I have to try sometime for Grumpy. Well, he has a LOT of recipes I have to try and that is going to make my life easier!!

11. Do you know any of the 10 bloggers in person?
No. However, I have "known" of Cami for a while. I met her through and ended up joining a cooking friend forum which she belongs to. Cami is a terrific mom and grandmother that I am proud to call my "online friend".

12. Do any of your 10 bloggers know each other in person?
Not that I know of.

13. Out of the 10, which updates more frequently?
Cristine does and I look forward to seeing her posts everyday!

14. Which of the 10 keep you laughing?
Cristine says some really cute things on her blog and she makes me smile often.

15. Which of the 10 has made you cry (good or bad tears)?
Cami has, both happy and sad ones.


Cristine said...

The pork chops look so delicious and I am cracking up over you teasing Grumpy about dinner.

Thank you so much for the wonderful things you said about me! I always look forward to your comments and you always brighten my day! I'm so glad we have "met"!

shellyfish said...

This is really cute! I'll have to get on this meme!

Jennifer Ludgin said...

Nice that you put the pts value on this :) I'm not a huge pork person...but I wonder if this would be good with chicken?? Thanks for the recipe! :)


recipes2share said...

The pork looks great - a warming supper, just what we need at this time of year.

I love the idea of the Meme and I really enjoyed your answers and invitation to join in. A funny one really though because even though I get lots of traffic (probably for the recipes & galleries) I actually have minimal comments in the blogs - the stats are great so I normally just content myself with this.....I'd rather have real people than numbers though!! (heehee!) Fiona

Veronica said...

I love a "light" recipe that doesn't look light! This looks so delicious!

Barbara Bakes said...

The pork chop recipe does sound like a keeper. You're so good to Grumpy!

Barbara Bakes said...

The pork chop recipe does sound like a keeper. You're so good to Grumpy!

creative one said...

I am making pork chops for Randy's dinner tonight. I will have to try this recipe the next time. It looks tasty.

Jessie said...

You guys are too cute! That pork looks amazing! (Love pork chops for dinner...yum!)

a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Bellini Valli said...

The pork chop dish is from Cooking Light so what's not to love there. I'm sure that Grumpy enjoyed it with a side of potatoes. I did this MEME as well...I will have to check out some of those I have never heard of before until today.Blogging is great like that:D

Reeni said...

The Pork chops look fabulous! I bet Grumpy was not so grumpy after dinner!

Laurie said...

What a great pork chop recipe! It looks totally yummy and just right for these chillier nights.

Loved the meme. It's so fun to discover new food bloggers.

Pam said...

I love comfort food and what's more comforting than pork chops and gravy? Great recipe - especially since it's not full of fat.

averagebetty said...

Yum! Love that country gravy!

Michele said...

Thanks for the tag! I'll be sure to do it this weekend. :-)

I switch food around on Phil all of the time. Even tonight. He thought he was getting greek chicken and I made baked corn dogs and fries instead. He actually got pretty excited when he found out he was getting corn dogs. It almost scares me.

Your lightened up chops turned out beautiful. I'll have to surprise the man with them one night.

noble pig said...

That gravy makes that chop. Works to keep it moist.

I'm sure grumpy was happy.

Lisa said...

You have some good looking chops.

rose said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed

reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Kevin said...

That pork looks nice and moist and good!

JyLnC said...

I just recently starting blogging and came across your blog while visiting another blog. You had me with that gorgeous photo of the pie at the top of your blog. It makes me want a piece of pie NOW!

Your pork chop recipe looks very good easy to make. Since I'm Martha challenged, easy is an important factor. I'm going to give it a try next week.

Darius T. Williams said...

Yup - now that porkchop is one good looking porkchop!!!


Robin Sue said...

Great recipe and what a fun MEME. HoneyB I enjoyed reading all the nice things you have said about the other bloggers. You have the gift of encouragement and you are very generous with your kindness. I have benefitted greatly from your thoughtfulness with your promotion of my own blog on Stumble Upon. You have put my blog on the map! Your kindness is appreciated!

Sophie said...

A light recipe for pork chops and gravy, now that's definitely a keeper :).

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Awww, you're so sweet! Your answers touched me...I even teared up when I read how I've teared you up. Thanks for being there for me!

I'm proud to be your friend too could a Grouchy's Honey & a Grumpy's HoneyBunch not become friends! ;o)

Debbie said...

What a neat meme! I'm ready to go look at their blogs too.
I need some cooking light recipes and pork chops are one of my favorite. I can't wait to try it.

Annie said...

Hey HoneyB, I have also tagged you for a meme! The details are on my blog, please come and play!

Foong said...

That's like a dream recipe. Simple, fast to prepare, tasty and importantly, light too!
The Food Critic at home is not much of a meat person. Too much meat and we'd stay off it for a while and eat loads of chicken instead so I don't even know when I'll be able to try this.

Marthe said...

I almost never eat pork chops, but these look absolutely delicious!!

Julia said...

This looks like a great weekday recipe that the boy in my family will devour. I love that you posted the calories and point values. Thank you!

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