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Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Potatoes Au Gratin

In Pork on October 27, 2009 at 1:42 am

Last night (as well as the night before), Ed and I went for a late night bike ride across Gainesville.  It was great weather and soon our legs will be like that of a turkey.

Today, Dan and I acted as Jaime’s personal trainers and made her feel the burn.  Stellar bi/tricep work out.

I went to Walmart today and purchased a mandoline. (pictured above) It’s perfect for making even slices every time. Unfortunately, I managed to make a 1/4 inch slice off the top of my knuckle while attempting to prepare the potatoes.  Luckily, Jaime was there to baby me and bandage me up.  After a quick wipe down and clean up of contaminated areas, I was back on the job.  These things happen when you are learning to cook….or so I’ve been told.

Serving Size: 3 Men and 1 Woman

Total Prep/Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
    • Brown Sugar Glaze
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar
      • 1/2 apple juice
      • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
      • 1 tbsp soy sauce
      • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
      • salt and pepper
      • 2 tsp cornstarch
      • 2/4 water
    • Au Gratin
      • 3 potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 3 tbsp butter
      • 3 tbsp flour
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 2 cups milk
      • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
      • salt and pepper

The potatoes will take about an 1 hour so we will prepare that first.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Using the mandoline (or a knife if you don’t have one), cut the potatoes into thin slices and then chop the onion.  Rub a butter all over the inside of casserole dish and then lay half the potatoes down,  followed by the onions and the rest of the potatoes. Now……melt 3 table spoons of butter on medium heat in a small sauce pan. Whisking constantly, add the flour and salt. Mix that for about 1 minute and it will begin to thicken. Pour in your milk and cheese and continue to whisk for another minute or so.  At this point you will have a gooey delicious mortar to pour all over your potatoes.  Place that dish in the oven and set a timer for 50 minutes.

When that timer reaches about 20 minutes to go, preheat the grill to 300 degrees. Place the ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Then, mix the water and cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk it into the brown sugar mixture in your sauce pan. Stir until that thickens, maybe 1-2 minutes. Cover and turn off the burner.

Put your pork chops on the grill now and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5-6 minutes and flip them (seasoning again). Your timer will now be reaching about 10 minutes left.  At this point, glaze the pork with the brown sugar mixture liberally.  When there is 5 minutes to go on the potatoes, take the pork off the grill and keep covered with foil to allow the internal temperature to finish cooking the meat.

Timer goes off….you just got served.

Served with green beans and extra goodness.

Average Cost per Person:~$3-4

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