Tuesday, January 22, 2013

smothered pork chops with cornbread... 1 hour

My 20-month old devoured the kale first and then said, "mo ka-o pease!"
the goods:
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided, plus more for dish
1 cup fine yellow cornmeal
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 and 1/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 bone-in pork chops, 3/4-inch thick (mine looks wimpy because my husband prefers the thin ones)
1 medium white onion, sliced
1 and 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 bunch kale, tough stems and ribs removed, leaves cut into pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush an 8-inch square baking dish with oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, 1 cup flour, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add milk, egg, and 3 tablespoons oil and whisk until combined. Transfer to a baking dish and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in dish on wire rack.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 4 teaspoons oil over high. Season pork with salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and loosely tent with foil. Reduce heat to medium, add onion, and cook until softened, 8 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons flour and stir to combine. Gradually whisk in broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Add kale and cook, stirring, until wilted, 4 minutes. Serve sauce over pork chops, alongside cornbread.

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