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Ugly Duckling Pork Chops

Do you have favorite dishes that have no eye appeal? They say we eat with our eyes too, but here’s a quick dish that doesn’t look too good but goes down really well. It’s about ten minutes more work than ordering fast food if you have all of the ingredients in the house. Sometimes I’ll plan it when I know that I’ll have very little time to cook for a day or two. It’s great the first day and just as good, if not better, leftover.

This is based on a recipe that my friend Carmen made for dinner in college. She used fresh potatoes and no beans or soup mix, and cooked the dish on top of the stove. Maybe she will weigh in and share her recipe.

Ugly Duckling Pork Chops

This dish might not make for eye candy, but if you like pork and sauerkraut, do give it a try.

This dish might not make for eye candy, but if you like pork and sauerkraut, do give it a try.

The Basics:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  • 1 roasting pan large enough to hold the pork chops in one layer with some overlap
  • 6 to 8 thin cut pork chops. Trim excessive fat.
  • 1 can sliced potatoes, drained. I use brand name potatoes to assuage my guilt for being too lazy to peel fresh.
  • 1 can small white beans, also drained
  • 1 medium size can sauerkraut with juice
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • Foil or a cover that fits the roasting pan

Lay chops in roasting pan, overlapping slightly.

Cover with potato slices and beans.

Sprinkle with dry onion soup mix

Add sauerkraut and juice.

Cover tightly with foil. Check after about 35 minutes. Bake just long enough to cook the meat and blend flavors a bit.

This can be cooked on top of the stove, but then you actually have to watch it. However, with this method it is easier to keep track of whether the dish is done. Your choice.

Goes well with a plain green vegetable and lightly salted good quality tomatoes.

4 Responses to “Ugly Duckling Pork Chops”

  1. your favorite client says:

    Ok so why the name “Ugly Duckling?” just because there is no eye appeal? I was expecting some duck somewhere in the recipe!

  2. Carmen says:

    Such an honor to be noted in your network debut. I guess I perfected my culinary skills early. HaHa You tweaked the recipe so that it sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it. I do remember some of those meals on Creston Ave. Who could forget Iris’s flaming chili!

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