Food & Drink
I'm Chris - or Christopher - or Mr. Dean - or Master Christopher - or just plain Sir. I'm a self-professed foodie. I love to cook and I take great pleasure in all things edible. My husband and I are relatively new to Portland, Oregon and are enjoying our culinary explorations of the area!
Food is NOT just fuel!
Food is NOT just fuel!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Pork Chops, Green Beans & Mashed Potato & Cauliflower
I have an obsession with potatoes. There, I admitted it. I just love them. Fried, baked, mashed, in a soup, steamed...that starchy goodness does me in every time. So last night's meal started with the fact that I wanted mashed potatoes. Funny, or sad? Don't judge me.
YET - I remembered an experiment I did once that turned out fantastically: mashed potatoes and cauliflower. Sounds a little odd, but the result is delicious. You get the starchy potato-ness and some great flavor from the cauliflower. If you like cauliflower, that is. So from there it was easy to complete a meal - I wanted a green vegetable (green beans were everywhere) and some protein (pork chops called my name like Sirens on the sea).
Green Beans - I used about a pound (snipped off the ends). I also got a small bunch of spring onions thinking I'd jazz up the green beans. I sliced the entire bunch of spring onions along with two cloves of garlic (sliced). I softened them up in some olive oil & salt, and then tossed in the green beans and a big handful of sliced almonds. Great side dish!
The pork chops were really nice - and so simple. First I pulled them out of the fridge and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, cumin (I call it the sweaty spice - come on, it smells a little like sweat), and paprika. I heated up a touch of olive oil in a pan, and dropped in the chops. They cooked for about 6-8 minutes each side until cooked through. They were seared on the outside and moist in the middle - perfect.
And the mash - 2-3 potatoes (chopped) and 1 small head of cauliflower (chopped) into a pot of boiling water. Cook until the potatoes are really tender. Drain, and put back into the pot. I added about 3 Tbl. butter, and maybe 1/3 cup milk - as well as a good amount of salt and some white pepper. Mash the crap out of them and serve.