A new way to make pork



We all know it can be scary to try a new recipe that we have never made before. It is always an adventure to see how something will turn out. For the first time in awhile, we (ok, mostly my husband) made a brand new recipe that we had never made before and it exceeded all of our expectations.

I have to admit when Doug first told me about the recipe over the phone I was not sure what to think. But I loved that it was a new recipe and it had good ingredients. And as soon as the cooking was under way, it smelled delicious!


 We used a dry red wine from one of our favorite local wineries, Calico Skies Winery in Inwood, Iowa. The American Chambourcin is a nice dry red that is packed with flavor from the oak barrels it is aged in. If you are ever in the Inwood area definitely check out this winery owned by Will and Ashlee. They are such nice people and they have a beautiful business!

With our pork chops we had Haricot Vert green beans (French green beans) cooked in bacon grease (keepin’ with the pork theme) with fresh garlic. They tasted delicious with the pork meal. We will definitely make this recipe again. It tastes so different than any way I have had pork. The flavors were awesome!


Pepper and onion pork chops

4 boneless pork chops

1.5 tablespoons tomato paste

1 red onion

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 red peppers, cut into slices

4 cloves garlic

1/2 cup dry red wine

Salt and pepper

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 tbsp. olive oil

In a large skillet heat olive oil. Put chops in skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side (until browned). Remove from skillet. Add tomato paste to skillet and stir for about 20 seconds. Add onions and peppers to skillet and season with garlic salt. Cook stirring occasionally  until vegetables start to cook, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.

Add wine and bring to a boil, stir in any brown bits in the skillet. Then put the pork chops back in the skillet, covering them with liquid. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook about 5 minutes and then turn chops over and cook another 4 minutes or so. Remove chops from skillet and let them sit for 4 minutes.


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