Homemade Eats & Treats: Spicy Chops & Tasty Garlic Spuds

Do you find it more fulfilling to cook at home or eat out? When you are always on the go or have something that has to be done, it’s sometimes hard to cook at home. For some reason, this week, the sis and I have gotten out of our groove of cooking and have been eating out around town. When I don’t cook for a few days it really gets me down. Cooking for me is relaxing and a way for me to control how my food is prepared–unlike when dining out.

Don’t get me wrong, a belle enjoys perching up in a cozy booth with my sis, but last night we wanted a home cooked meal. There’s simply nothing like it. After coming in from our workout we wanted a meal that was tasty, yet quick to cook. Since I had chops defrosting in the fridge and a frozen box of broccoli, that’s what I decided to cook.

I love potatoes so you know they had to be included. It’s funny because every time I see one now I think of my girl (in my head) Sunny from Food Network. On an episode of her show she made this fab dinner with these cute little red potatoes sliced so pretty.

Back to the meal…

I had these beautiful thin cut pork chops and after Shermika opened a can of mushroom soup, I decided to make a sauce. At first, I was going to grill them on our divine cast-iron grill, but I didn’t want to waste the opened can.

The only thing that was missing from this masterpiece of a dinner was dessert. Shermika was going to bake, but we opted for a good old fun quick ice cream cone (she didn’t make ice cream last night though that’s what we prefer).

Here’s how a belle prepared this divine meal:

They will steam/cook to perfection!

Since potatoes take the longest to cook you want to get these in the oven before doing anything. I sliced and stuffed them with garlic slivers. Thanks, Sunny! Heat your oven to 400 degrees and DO NOT slice the spuds all the way through. Next, brush with olive oil then sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Remember, Sunny used red spuds… we used Idaho because that’s all we had. Wrap in foil and cook for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your oven.

Fresh herbs always gives a meal that extra kick!

Next I made our herb sour cream. I used: a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper, about 3tbsp of light sour cream, 1 1/2 tsp of EVOO, & parsley. Mix it together until you get the consistency you want. It should be thinner than plain sour cream, but not runny. If you want it thinner then add a little more oil. Finally, place in fridge.

These are very lean. You still want a little fat to flavor your meal!

Make sure your meat is dry then brush with EVOO. These were thin/small chops so 2 pieces was a serving. I seasoned them with: dried thyme, onion powder, red pepper flakes, seasoned salt, fresh cracked black pepper, dried dill, and cayenne pepper.

Cook the chops for about 4 minutes on each side and put them on a plate to rest while you make your sauce. I told y’all before that I love my Dixie paper plates!

Look at all of those fab pan drippings! This is going to be the base of your sauce. Now you add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth and about 1/4 a cup of the mushroom soup.

Whisk out all of the lumps (it will be very lumpy) until it looks like this:

At this point add your meat back to the pan and cover on low until ready to eat! Garnish with fresh parsley if you want when served.

 Happy eating!

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  1. Honestly, at this point in my life, I would rather have a personal chef than cook myself. Matter-of-fact once I make my millions, I will have one. I do like to bake. For Easter, I am baking about 15 different flavored cupcakes (sweet potato, lemon, etc ) for friends, co-workers, and family. Only problem after baking 500 cupcakes who is going to clean up for me? Definitely not my children so, I need to hire a housekeeper also. ha

    Sharon on March 8, 2012 Reply
    • You are too funny. Baking 500 cupcakes sounds like a lot and you def need a housekeeper girl! And yes, the personal chef when you make your millions sounds like a plan. That would free your time up more to empower women and buy more shoes! I know it would mine. Please send us pics of your Easter treats if you aren't too tired from all the baking.

      ShermikaBelle on March 9, 2012
    • It's awesome that you making all of those cupcakes. The flavors sounds divine. Tweet us a pic when you make 'em!

      TamikaBelle on March 9, 2012
  2. OMG this looks so good and I don't even eat meat. lol

    Amanda @ The Audacit on March 14, 2012 Reply

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