Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brined Pork Chops and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I have been eating potatoes for 4 days since I've gone rice-free.

It is a challenge to make a grain-free menu. I just need to research for more recipes online.

I cooked Brined Pork Chops and Garlic Mashed Potatoes today.

Pan-fried Brined Pork Chops

1/2 K. Pork chops, set aside the fat

Brine solution

4 C. Water

1/4 C. Rock salt

1/4 C. Brown sugar

1 head garlic, peeled

1 t. Peppercorn

Mix all ingredients in a bowl for the brine. Stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved.

Lay the pork chops in a Pyrex dish and pour the brining solution. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Drain the chops, rinse and pat dry with paper towel.

Remove the fat from the rind of the pork chops and cut into small pieces.

Put in a frying pan and cook until oil has been rendered from the fat. You may use butter if you are "health conscious".

Pan-fry the chops until golden brown. This step should not take long or else you will get a chewy rubbery piece of pork.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

2 pcs. Medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes

1 head garlic, peeled and each clove cut in half

1/2 t. Rock salt

2 T. Butter

2-4 T. Milk

Boil the potatoes and garlic with salt until the potatoes are tender.

Drain and return potatoes and garlic in the pot. Mash with a fork then add butter and milk.

Season with pepper. Taste the mashed potatoes and if you want to add salt, then do so.



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