Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tangy Sweet Pork Chops

On yesterday's Menu Monday post, I said that I was going to make a new recipe I found:  Tangy Sweet Pork Chops.  As promised, here is my review.

These were ok, not my favorite, but not bad either.  My crockpot does cook "well," so even at only cooking for 6 hours, the sauce along the edges burnt, and the sauce was more like a thick glaze. In order to thin the sauce out a bit, I got as much as I could into a saucepan and added some vegetable stock (I didn't have any chicken stock in my pantry).  I used maybe 1/4 cup and just let it simmer for a few minutes.  It definitely helped.

I served the pork chops over white rice (you could easily use brown) and I definitely recommend this.  The pork chops, to me, were very one-note:  SWEET.  I didn't get any "tangy" taste, just sweet.  So the rice helped cut some of the sweetness.

I also served this with some green beans, which was a great pairing.  Having a savory side to this helped to cute the sweetness, too.

Overall, I would rate it a 6 out of 10.  Again, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't my favorite either.  But how do you know if you like something until you try it?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fabulous Fish {Recipes}

My Kroger had fresh, farm-raise catfish fillets on sale last week.  They were beautiful, and huge, and a GREAT price.  So of course I grabbed some, having no idea exactly what I would do with them.

I knew I had cornmeal so I could do fried catfish one night, then decided to try my hand at blackened catfish a few nights down the road.  I googled recipes for both and they were equally delicious!  So I thought I'd share them with you!!!

"Baked" Fried Catfish

I got the basis for this recipe here.  I knew I had all the ingredients, and I read several of the reviews.  Once person mentioned that she enjoyed her catfish with a little kick, so I thought that would be nice! Here is the link to the original recipe, and below I how I prepared mine.

Catfish fillets
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
just a quick grind of fresh pepper.
cooking spray and foil.

Heat your oven to 425. Take a baking sheet and line with foil.  Spray the foil with cooking spray so the fish doesn't stick.  In a shallow dish (I used a paper plate for fast disposal), mix your cornmeal and all the spices.  Dip your fillets into the milk, then place them in the cornmeal and coat well. Place the fish on the baking sheet. Coat the tops of the fillets with cooking spray as well.  I baked for 20 minutes because (as you can tell by the picture above, my fillets were very big).  For smaller fillets, 15 should be adequate baking time.

Brant and I both thought these were fantastic.  It had a nice firm crunch coating on the outside, but was still tender and flaky inside.  The seasoning was great, and we loved getting that kick of cayenne.

I made a fresh tartar sauce to go with this, and we had some coleslaw and mac n' cheese as our sides.  This is definitely a recipe I will make again!  

The next fish recipe I tried was Guy Fieri's:

Because I followed the recipe just as Guy makes it, I'll just give you the link.  

But, my thoughts on the recipe:   INCREDIBLE!!!!  There was no lack of flavor and I could have eaten 2 more fillets, just because it was THAT good. It is simple, fast, and just fantastic.  

I served this with a nice summer vegetable saute (yellow squash, zucchini, onion, red bell pepper), and roasted new potatoes.  This is a meal that I will definitely make again - it makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!

I hope you give both of these fantastic fish recipes a try.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Menu Monday

Well this week my in-laws are coming in town for a few days, so I decided to plan a menu that I cook in large portions.  Since I just have a family of 3, I usually try to only plan "smaller" meals.  I don't mind some leftovers, but my husband is not a huge "leftover fan". 

I'm also very excited because I'm trying several new recipes.  I will, of course, post links and recipes as soon as I've tried them. 

Monday:  Tangy Sweet {Crockpot} Porkchops (Super excited about these b/c of how crazy simple it is!) I plan on serving over rice, and green beans as a side.

Tuesday:  Good 'ole Homemade burritos.

Wednesday:  Baked Spaghetti and green salad from "Eat At Home" 

Thursday: Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken with green salad and green bean/onion/red pepper saute

Friday:  Pizza Night!!!