Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pork Chop, Stuffing, Apple Bake

This is a good SIMPLE casserole that takes 5 min prep time and 45 mins to bake. It can also be a last minute dinner for my family since I typically keep pork chops in the freezer and can apple pie filling and stuffing in cabinet.

What you will need:
*4 thinly sliced boneless pork chops (you can use bone in ones, i prefer not to.) Usually about 1- 1.5lbs of meat.
*1 lg can apple pie filling
*1 box savory stove top stuffing mix (or whatever stuffing you like)
*4T butter (or spread)
*1.5 C hot water

In medium bowl, mix stuffing mix, melted butter and hot water together. Put in bottom of rectangle casserole baking dish. On fry pan, lightly brown pork chops (I use pam and light seasonings.. ginger, anise,  marjoram, rosemary....) Place on top of stuffing in single layer. Pour can of apples over top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 45 mins (time varies based on thickness of pork chops)
Serve with your favorite bread!!
mix stuffing with melted butter and water

I brown my chops with oil and seasoning seasoning (typically a little of each: anise, rosemary, ginger and marjoram)

place browned pork chops on top of stuffing in a baking dish

Top with Apple Pie filling. Cover with tinfoil and bake

Sounds so weird but my picky husband and 3 year old love it! The best part is the aroma that fills your house. Great on a cool night. Reminds me of thanksgiving:)

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