I promised to use the Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower) in a new recipe. First a song . . .

Zombie (mardi gras party basement clam jam remix)

Then the dish!

My mom was visiting and I wanted to cook for her. Like so many people in my generation, I am trying to eat better than my parents. I grew up on gravy smothered rice and liver and cube steak. When I told her that I bought pork chops at the Farmer’s Market, she asked me if I had any cream of mushroom soup . . . My mom loves cooking food with a can of cream of mushroom soup. I wanted to get the flavor without the salt and the calories in traditional gravy and saucy products.My white sauce seemed to be promising for my variation of an old classic.

This is a one pot dish. Use something large enough to hold soups. Everything will be cooked and reacquainted in the same dish.

The “Gravy”

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Garlic, leek, and mushroom

4 large mushroom caps

6-8 medium potatoes
3 cloves garlic
~4-5 cups Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower)

The Meat

3 large pork chops (about ½ to 1 inch)
salt/pepper/seasoning/herbs etc (customize your flavor, but make sure you season the meat!)

 

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Diced potatoes

Last time, I made a large amount of my white bean/cauliflower gravy and I froze it. While thawing a batch of my white sauce in the microwave, I chopped garlic, mushrooms, and potatoes. I set my veggies aside.

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Pork chops searing

I put a little bit of olive oil in the bottom of my large pot and sauteed the garlic. With the heat on high, and the oil ready, I seared each pork chop for about one minute on each side. I put all of the meat back into the pot.

Next, I smothered the meat in the white sauce and brought it to a boil. Once it began to boil, I turned my burner to medium/low heat and covered it for about 20 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, I added my potatoes and mushrooms.

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Pork Chops, White Sauce, Mushroom, and Potatoes

I covered the dish and let it cook until the potatoes were tender, maybe another 10 minutes. Do not ruin the dish and overcook the meat, but also, make sure the pork is cooked thoroughly. I’d say 30-40 minutes, on medium low heat, is a safe amount of cooking time.

My mother was overjoyed and she also appreciated the zucchini and squash on the side. What a nice way to make a healthy alternative to a home cooked meal.

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Smothered Pork Chops

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Smothered Pork chops with Roasted Veggies and mojitos


August 4, 2011