the organized life, Plan B dinner

Be flexible!  I know when I do my weekly meal plan that it is often ambitious.  As much as I enjoy cooking and creating in the kitchen, sometimes I am just plain too tired! Or imagine, life gets in the way and I don’t have time! So, Plan B comes to mind.  I try to schedule a plan B meal 1-2 times a week.  A Plan B meal is a tried and true favorite that literally goes together in minutes, and a meal that I can make even on the craziest days.  Tonight’s meal is a Plan B:

Blackberry Pork Chops, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Corn on the Cob

Tonight I am just cooking for 2, and I am not much of a meat eater and often times just have the vegetables, so feel free to add as many pork chops as you like, this recipe works for 1 or 20.

Heat a skillet over high heat.  Season chops with salt & pepper on both sides. Brown chop quickly in hot pan, 1 minute.

Turn chop and brown the other side.  Transfer to a foil lined pan or dish just slightly larger than your chop.

Next top with a little jelly or jam, blackberry if you have it but really anything will work.  It’s just to add a touch of sweetness to the berries.

Now top the chops with fresh blackberries. Mound them on!  If you have extra ones tuck them around the chops in the pan.

Now cover pan with foil and Bake in a 350 oven for about 1 hour.

Remove foil and gently mash the berries with a fork.  Turn oven to broil and slide pan under broiler on upper rack and broil chops for several minutes to caramelize the berries and brown.

Dinner is ready!  This method works equally well with any Barbeque sauce instead of the blackberries and jam.  Try it that way too.

BLACKBERRY OR BARBEQUE PORK CHOPS for a printable version click here
1 large bone in pork chop per person
fresh blackberries
blueberry, boysenberry or blackberry jam

OR

Barbeque Sauce

Season chops and brown over high heat,
1 minute per side in hot pan.  Remove to foil lined pan sprayed with olive oil spray. Top each chop with a thin layer of jam and pile on the berries, or spread liberally with Barbeque sauce.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Uncover, mash berries a little and stick under the broiler for 4-5 minutes.  If using Barbeque sauce, add a little more sauce to top of chop and spread over, then broil.

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