I love meals that come together in under 30 minutes without a lot of effort! This easy pork chops recipe is one of them. And although it’s nice to cook ahead, freeze, then pull an amazing home cooked (from scratch) meal out of my freezer on an average weeknight, I don’t always have that luxury. I like to spend some of my weekend doing things that don’t involve cooking.
Therefore, I make sure I have meals like this in my arsenal; stuff that’s realistic to throw together when I get home from work and have 2 apparently starving kids pestering me about when dinner will be ready.
I think I would have to say this dish is a compromise, especially if you are someone that prefers to cook from scratch. But if you are also short on time, then it’s pretty ideal. This recipe pairs store-bought salad dressing with fresh pork, red pepper, ginger and garlic.
I came up with this easy pork dinner recipe for a Kraft salad dressing contest. I never would have thought of making a sauce for pork with salad dressing before I was required to make something unique with salad dressing. That’s what I love about cooking contests – they inspire me to think outside my narrow little cooking box.
Mandarin Orange & Red Pepper Pork Recipe
- 6 boneless pork chops (1.5 lbs)
- 1 cup Mandarin orange with sesame salad dressing (I use Kraft)
- ¼ cup flour
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ cup beef broth
- 1 red pepper , julienned
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger , minced (See TERRI'S TIP below)
- 1/3 cup plum sauce
Heat frying pan on stove top with oil on medium high. Coat pork in flour on both sides and brown for 2-4 minutes on each side.
Add dressing, beef broth, plum sauce, red pepper, ginger and garlic then reduce to simmer. Continue to cook over medium for 15 – 20 minutes until meat is cooked through and red pepper is tender.
Serve hot over rice or noodles
TERRI’S TIP* – keep fresh ginger in a freezer bag in your freezer – it lasts a very long time. Take out what you need, peel it with a vegetable peeler and grate it frozen right into your dish