Today is Lil Misses 9th birthday! My little girl is growing up so fast! She is the total package, she has both brains, beauty and she is one heck of an athlete. She is my all american girl.
Since it is her birthday she gets to pick out what she wants to eat for her birthday dinner and of course she picked out one of her favorite things to eat. No not pizza, cheeseburgers or chicken nuggets. She wants pork chops and polenta. Yes, she has grown up tastes when it comes to food. So I thought for today in honor of her birthday I would share one of our new favorite pork chop recipes, Smothered Pork Chops from Swanson®.
I discovered this recipe through my work with Allrecipes as one of their brand ambassadors, Allrecipes Allstar. Last month my assignment was working with Swanson Broth. The recipes I made were great and the other Allstars had great things to say about the recipes they were trying out. So I tried out a few more recipes and wasn’t disappointed when I came across their Smothered Pork Chop recipe.
I will say I did not follow the recipe as written, I used chicken broth instead of beef. I know the horror,lol. The pork chops turned out perfect with my substitution and I have made them more than once. One of my favorite things about the recipe is the gravy. It does not use a can of cream of yuck and it is gluten free. That is a big plus for me.
Try them for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! Heck, use the beef broth too if you have it around.
What is your favorite way to make pork chops?
Smothered Pork Chops
Country Girl Gourmet
- 1¾ cups Swanson® Chicken or Beef Broth
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 (5 ounce) boneless pork chops, ¾-inch thick
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- Stir the broth and cornstarch in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth. Season the pork, if desired.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook for 5 minutes or until well browned on both sides. Remove the pork from the skillet.
- Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
- Stir the broth mixture and dijon mustard in the skillet. Cook and stir until the mixture boils and thickens.
- Stir chopped fresh rosemary leaves into the thickened broth mixture
- Return the pork to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
Back a few months ago I was asked by Allrecipes to create a kid friendly recipe with Uncle Ben’s Rice. I was honestly stumped. I had no clue what to make at all. We eat rice all the time, it is a huge part of my gluten free life but we keep it simple. The majority of the time we eat it plain with just a bit of butter, other times as mexican rice of fried rice. We really get adventurous. Then the lightbulb went off in my head, I could come up with something for our family fun night and after that Cheesy BBQ Rices Bites were born.
Every Friday night we have a family fun night. We started the tradition well over 5 years ago. We eat pizza and/or snack foods and get a redbox movie. My days of having pizza are pretty much over and I typically have to come up with something gluten free for myself. The majority of the time my kids end up asking for some of whatever I have and since i’m a nice mom I share. I remembered seeing quinoa bites on Pinterest in the past and I knew of the larger and fried Arancini (rice balls) but I had never seen a recipe for any type of smaller bite size rice snack. So I started experimenting and I came up with Cheesy BBQ Rice Bites and my kids keep asking for me to make them!
The cast of characters for this recipe couldn’t be simpler. Rice, BBQ in sauce, black beans, cheese and to help hold it together an egg. Five simple ingredients! Your BBQ can be homemade or premade. If you have leftover pork roast shred it up and add your favorite BBQ sauce. Chicken can be used in place of pork too. For the rice you can use leftover rice or an Uncle Ben’s Rice Pouch. I’m telling you this recipe is quick and easy! After you mix all your ingredients together, scoop into a min muffin pan and bake 20 minutes. Then cool and enjoy. Make them for your family! They will thank you!
Does your family do a family fun night? What kinds of things do you do?
Cheesy BBQ Rice Bites
Country Girl Gourmet
- 1 (8.8 ounce) pouch UNCLE BEN'S® Ready Rice® Original Long Grain
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1½ cups prepared pulled pork in barbeque sauce
- 1½ cups shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray mini muffin tin cups with cooking spray.
- Prepare rice according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly. Combine rice, black beans, barbeque pulled pork, cheese, and eggs in a bowl; mix well.
- Drop mixture by heaping tablespoons into prepared mini muffin tins, filling each cup to the top.
- Bake in preheated oven until hot, about 20 minutes.
- Allow bites to cool 10 minutes before popping them out of the muffin tin.
Find my recipe on Allrecipes.com