Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dinner review: Honey mustard pork chops

Today's review is of the honey mustard pork chops from the Kid-Pleasing Cookbook (see sidebar for link to cookbook). Last week I bought 4 boneless chops on sale for $3 so I decided to try this recipe for the first time. I paired it with my easy asparagus and some fresh tomatoes.
Ease of preparation: 3 out of 5 stars. The pork chops were pretty simple, and yet surprisingly elegant - all the recipe required was that I sear the pork chops in a skillet for a couple of minutes on each side and dip them in a mixture of mustard and honey and then in a mixture of bread crumbs (homemade - it took some time to tear the bread into tiny pieces), wheat bran, and some seasonings (note that I halved the recipe since the recipe calls for 8 chops and I only had 4). Then I put them in a baking dish and baked them for 20 minutes (I actually found that I needed to bake them another 10 minutes or so to eliminate all the pink). The only things I would change in the recipe are (a) to salt the chops after coating them in the honey mustard mixture and (b) to skip the step that calls for you to drizzle melted butter on the chops right before baking. I love butter as much as anyone but I didn't think the butter added anything to the recipe and succeeded only in making the breadcrumb coating soggy. Also, as far as substitutions, I did not have wheat bran so I used wheat germ, and I did not have the grainy mustard the recipe called for so I used Dijon mustard instead - both seemed to work fine.

Price: 4 out of 5 stars. The entire meal cost around $5. I got the pork chops for $3 and the asparagus for $1. The tomatoes I got for free from my mother-in-law, but if I had bought them they would have cost about $1 too.

Taste: 4 out of 5 stars. The pork chops were really good. I'm not really a pork person but I enjoyed them. Ainsley seemed to really like them. She also loves asparagus and tomatoes (I know - I am so lucky to have a kid who loves most vegetables), so she pretty much cleaned her plate.

Dessert was a So Delicious Neopolitan ice cream sandwich - I gave Ainsley most of it but cut a small part off for Leighton. I think that was a bad idea ...

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