What’s for Dinner | Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples

Normally on Sunday nights we do a pretty simple dinner. We usually have our biggest meal for lunch right after church. Today, however, we were way too tired to cook something in the afternoon. After getting home we headed straight for the bed and took a nap. It was a long weekend so we wanted to catch up on some sleep.

3 hours later we woke–groggy, surprised it was already 5:00… and pretty hungry.

I flipped open my laptop and looked for pork chop recipes. I couldn’t find this apple pork chop recipe that I had done last time which turned out awesome, but I found a few others and decided since we had all the ingredients I’d just go for it.

I found this recipe at Taste of Home: Stovetop Pork Chops with Apples. I went for it based on the prep time. This one said 30 minutes and it was also only for two servings.

Definitely a good one you should try! We didn’t have any onion, but this turned out really well with apples, potatoes, a nice crispy but still tender chop, and a beautiful sauce to drizzle over everything.

Stovetop Apple Pork Chops

What’s for Dinner| Starch is such a weakness

I’m not a picky eater at all but I can easily get tired of the same old very quickly. I like learning how to cook new things and bravely trying out new recipes. I used to hate when my mom went off the beaten path and tried an obscure recipe we had never had before at home, but now that I’ve got my own kitchen, I’m quickly becoming like her. I am especially brave when I’m the only one eating, so tonight, I revved up my computer and started looking at recent pins on my food board. Starch after starch after starch showed up, and it was all covered in cheese. Wow, I’m such a pasta, cheese, and potato lover!

I found a few recipes that looked awesome and then went to the fridge and cupboard. Three bags of little red potatoes and box after box of pasta. Well, I guess that’s a sign! I decided to make two recipes, no matter how unhealthy they both are.

1. Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

2. Parmesan Red Potatoes

All you need for the red potatoes is here:

Ingredients for Parm. Red Potatoes

Garlic, potatoes, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

For the Fettuccine Alfredo you’ll need:

  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
Since it was just me tonight, I split the recipe in half and still had tons of extra. Follow Chow.com’s good instructions for putting this together.
I jumped right into both recipes at the same time but right then, one of my good friends I hadn’t talked to in while called and I answered (thank you, iPhone headset!).  I stirred and flipped the potatoes, and boiled the water for the noodles, and cooked the noodles, and mixed up the alfredo sauce…. and talked and talked….
About 10mins too late I took the noodles out of the pan to drain them and they were pretty gooey. Yeah, I left them in double the time they needed, but it was all okay. They tasted fine, but they were stickier than necessary.
The potatoes took a little while to get soft, but they got crispy quickly. Just pay attention to them if you try this recipe. It’s super easy and requires very little prep time (just slice the potatoes!) but don’t get on a long phone call when you’re cooking them.
Cooking the potatoes

Why did I pick two recipes with Parmesan cheese? Well, because it’s delicious and I will enjoy all the leftovers! Both of these recipes were good. I’ve had better potatoes for sure but the Fettuccine was awesome. The noodles could have used less cook time and  just a bit more sauce, but I didn’t follow the recipe that closely since I halved it. I also added chicken to my noodles which probably absorbed a lot of the sauce. However, for a night to try out some new recipes: Delicious and fun! What are some of your favorite meals to cook?

Finished Parmesan Red Potatoes

Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo