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Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers

From Rita:

This dish came to me from my significant other of 23 years.  David’s Italian heritage is what this dish is all about and it is the easiest, most wonderfully delicious dish that you could whip up for a quick dinner any night of the week!

I serve it with a Caprese salad (see MIXED GRILLE DINNER) and some fresh raviolis with a simple marinara sauce both of which you can purchase at your local supermarkets.

Of course, you can make your own sauce. I can recommend the traditional marinara sauce at Trader Joe’s to which I add a few italian spices and a drop of dry red wine to it to make it even tastier.  It all works to make the quickest, easiest , yummy dinner.   We hope you enjoy this dish as it is one of our longtime favorites.  Thank you, David.



  • Package of one inch or thicker boneless pork chops, or bone-in
  • 1 jar of Pastene Vinegar Peppers
  • olive oil ( not extra virgin)
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
Put the oil in a large fry pan and set over high heat.  Let the pan heat up really well and add the chops and the peppers ( as many as you like).  You should hear them sizzle.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Stay at the stove and be sure to let them brown well before turning.  You also will turn the pepper pieces at this point. Once they are turned reduce the heat to medium-high.  Add a drizzle of the juice from the jar of peppers to the pan.
You may re-sprinkle the pan with  more garlic powder if you wish.
Continue cooking until you have the desired doneness.  Personally I like them to be slightly pink in the middle so they remain juicy.
You can plate them with any sides you wish.  I like to keep the Italian theme going and it has always won the hearts of those who have dined with us!   Manja

Roasted Pork with Apple Cranberry Sauce

From Natalie:

Krisann made this dish for Bill and I a few years ago and it was fabulous!  She shared the recipe so I could make it for our celebration.  I was surprised that it was so easy because it really comes out delicious and the presentation is quite impressive.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork roast (This recipe calls for a roast this size, however, I made a roast that was 5 lbs. so I tripled the recipe.)
  • 2 Red Delicious apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup of Craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Crazy salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Garlic powder

Put the roast in a roasting pan and coat with Crazy salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Cook at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.  (Meat thermometer should read 165 degrees in the center.)

In a medium saucepan, add the apples, craisins, barbecue sauce, brown sugar and 1/4 cup water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often.  The sauce should be slightly thickened.

Put the pork on a serving platter.  Slice roast and pour sauce over the top.  Enjoy!

(This recipe was adapted from Weight Watchers Simply the Best cookbook)

 

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