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September 3, 2015

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

My family loves anything sweet and sour. Normally they prefer their Pork Chops done only seasoned lightly and baked in the oven or my 1000 Island Dressing Pork Chops {which is always a hit with everyone!}

The other day I thought I'll surprise them by making these Sweet and Sour Pork Chops.

To be honest, I had no idea what they'll think of this dish, because it is nowhere near any kind of Pork Chop I have made before. Sweet and sour pork {cubes} yes, but not the whole Pork Chop. Well, they then surprised me by all giving it a thumbs up !

I don't know how things work with your family and food, but mine knows to always be honest about giving feedback on a new dish or recipe I have come up with or have changed. Most of the time, they are all in agreement, either a yes, make again, or no way, please never again !

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

Of course there are times where one would say no, did not like it. But, as usual, whether with families or politics, majority rules and the dish will be made again {although I'd try to only make it when the "no way" person is not here for dinner, breakfast or lunch}

Fortunately, they all liked the Pork Chops in the delicious, vegetable loaded, sweet and sour sauce. Not only do I agree wholeheartedly with them, but I also love the easiness of the recipe. Our usual supermarket where we buy our daily fresh produce and meat, had ready sliced {very thinly} packets of Carrots as well. I only had to chop up the Bell Pepper, which takes maybe a minute or two.

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops



INGREDIENTS:

2 cans (440g each) Pineapple Pieces, drained but reserve liquid
2 cups Tomato Sauce {thick Ketchup}
2 TB Dark Brown Sugar
2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
5 Carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
1 TB Vegetable Oil
8 Pork Chops, deboned and lightly seasoned

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a large oven dish or two, with cooking oil.
2.) Place the Pineapple liquid, Tomato Sauce, Sugar and Vinegar in a medium saucepan - bring to the boil - cook 3 - 5 minutes.
3.) Add the Pineapple pieces, Carrots and Bell Pepper to the sauce - heat through and remove from heat.
4.) Heat the Oil in a large skillet - brown the Pork Chops, both sides - arrange in a single layer in the prepared oven dish(es) - pour the Carrot/Pineapple sauce over, completely covering the Pork - cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 - 30 minutes - remove the foil and bake a further 5 - 10 minutes or until the Pork is fully cooked.

Serve over Basmati rice.  {I only use Tastic Basmati rice}

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops


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