Wow. Never thought we would actually take the time to post our first excursion in to food madness? WELL YOU WERE WRONG SUCKA! We aint jive turkeys. (Though I am planning on making some on Thursday.)
Just like any story you will end up hearing from us… it starts off with “We were pretty hungry so..” and this one isn’t any different.
We were pretty hungry ( after running some chores, and returning a gift I got for a girl I thought I was into… but it turns out she was a little bit of a flake.) So… we decided we should head back to Ross’ casa and make some chops. We had experimented with some flavors in the past (always use protection when experiementing, please) and came up with something we really enjoyed. We had to do some quick thinking to come up with a meal and were very easily inspired by our surroundings. Once we got back to Ross’ I saw a pile of apples sitting on the counter… immediate thought : Apple Sauce. I didn’t grow up like most of my American friends, so I had never experienced the joys of apple sauce with my dinner until I started living with my friend Randy. Anyways. After sharing my idea with Ross, he was able to pair the smokey porkchops, and sweet apple sauce with a creamy and rich rice dish. The culmination of the flavors and textures made for a pretty awesome meal. Here, we share it with you!
Pork Chop Dry Rub Ingredients:
andy's smokey dry rub
Serving Size 4 Pork Chops:
1 tb Cayenne
1 tb Garlic Powder
1 tb Rosemary Leaves (dry)
1 1/2 tbParts Thyme
2 tb Hungarian Paprika
2 tb Coarse Flake Salt
2 tb Chipotle Pepper Powder
3-4 tb Brown Sugar
Mix all the dry ingreidents in a bowl. Rub down the Chops like your rubbing down a sexy fireman with some scented exotic oils. (damn girl) While cooking, I recommend making a wet rub with any remaining dry ingredients ( or just make a little more ) add a little olive oil and a little bit of water. It should be the consistantcy of gravy. Only use the wet rub while cooking and keep the chops coated. For best results you should cook the chops on a charcoal grill. Make sure you cook the meat to the proper tempture and avoid burning the outside.
grilled to perfection.
Simple Home Made Apple Sauce
8 MacIntosh apples (2 apples per person is a good estimate if you’re preparing this meal for more or less people)
1/4 cup (approx) apples cider (water can be substituted)
1. Cut apples around core and into slivers. Throw these in a pan big enough to fit apples and cider (or water).
2. Cover and put on medium high heat. Stir occasionally. The apples will begin to break down and get mushy. Once all the apples have broken down, it is done. Serve hot or chill in the fridge for 30-40 minutes.
cook it down...
How do you like them apples?
Note: MacIntosh apples are the best for breaking down into applesauce. It appears that there are others that will do this, but Macs are the best. For some added texture, mix apple types so that some break down and some get soft but stay chunky. If your apples don’t break down, cook them until they’re soft and run them through a food mill or mash them witha hand masher like potatoes.
Hearty Mushroom Rice
1 can Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbs worcestershire sauce
1 tbs butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cups long grain brown rice
1. Pour condensed soup into 1 quart measuring cup. Add water to condensed soup to equal 1 quart of liquid. To this, add the cream and the worcestershire sauce – stir until all condensed chunks are dissolved. Heat this in a microwave for about 1 1/2-2 minutes, just enough to make it warm. Everyone knows you don’t add cold liquid to a hot pan.
2. In a pan (about 2 quart size), melt the butter over medium high heat. Saute onions until translucent (optional but highly recommended: add 1 clove chopped/minced garlic), then add the dry rice. Continue to saute – the idea is to brown the rice slightly, but keep stirring so that the rice doesn’t burn.
3. After about 2 minutes, pour in the cream soup mixture and bring to a boil. Stir one last time then cover and reduce to a simmer. Let it do its thing for about 40-45 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
creamy, hearty goodness.
Note: Brown rice takes longer to cook than normal. If you use white rice, check the package and it will probably say to cook it more like 20-25 minutes.
Aw yeah, you like that? Thought so.
After you make this meal, call 703-449-7100 and tell them how much you loved it! Seriously. Do it. They’ll appreciate it.