Monday, March 22, 2010

Wok's For Dinner: Sweet 'n' Sour Pork Chops

Here's another Taste of Home recipe that became an instant hit with our family. I can't think of any TOH recipe we've tried that we didn't like. Hubs surprised me by MAKING SUPPER and then TAKING A PICTURE OF OUR MEAL! He is the photographic novice, but it still brought a smile to my face at his kindness and thoughtfulness. The chops were a freezer meal that I prepared last month and stuck in the freezer. They thawed out in the fridge, so he just heated them up in the microwave. Still, he prepared the broccoli/cheese rice and the mixed vegetables all by himself. What a guy!

The oiginal recipe serves 6. I scaled it back to fit our family's size (the kids are 3 & almost 6 and definitely don't eat a whole pork chop, not even between the two of them).

Sweet 'n' Sour Pork Chops (serves 3; adapted from recipe at Taste of Home)

3 boneless pork loin chops
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/8 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cold water

Sprinkle pork chops with pepper. Cook pork over medium heat in a nonstick skillet for 4-6 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove and keep warm. Add the water, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to skillet; stir to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smoothe; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Return chops to the pan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes.

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