21 January 2009

Guest Chef: Andrew Makes Dinner

It's always a treat when Andrew offers to make dinner. I had planned a Spicy Peanut Pork for dinner tonight, but with scant stir fry veggies on hand and Andrew's declaration that he "doesn't really like peanut butter in dinner food," I took him up on his offer to create a special pork dinner.
Andrew put together an excellent meal of Pork with Garlic & Apples, Green Beans with Fried Garlic and Scallions, and a little help from the store with a seasoned rice packet. He did a great job with his "secret recipes" - everything was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The good news? He forgot about the "secret" part and told me everything he put in our dinner!

Pork with Garlic & Apples

2 bone-in pork chops
1 Gala apple, sliced thin
5 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 tbsp. butter

Saute apples in 1/2 tbsp. butter until juices coat bottom of pan. Add garlic, pork, and remaining butter - cover and let cook 10-15 minutes, or until juices run clear when pork is sliced.

Green Beans with Fried Garlic & Scallions

3 c. fresh green beans, washed and snapped
2 tbsp. butter
5 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/4 c. scallions (white & light green), chopped

Saute all ingredients in a covered pan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. If desired, stir in 1/2 c. breadcrumbs. Turn heat to medium-high and saute until greens are cooked al dente and still bright green and breadcrumbs are slightly charred.

The garlic and scallions are coated with buttery breadcrumbs and fry up beautifully in the high heat of the pan. This may not be the healthiest way to get your veggies, but the crispy fried bits are so delicious, it will definitely be your favorite way to eat them.