My parents are home alone these days and when I am visiting or when someone is heading to their house I like to send meals made just for 2. They don't need enough for an army, not even a small army. I like knowing they have healthy, homemade food in the freezer they can take out and just heat up. My mom cooked for 12 for about 40 some years, I think she can take a break now! So if you have parents who are getting older, or don't get around like they used to, this is a great meal idea to make in individual foil containers, and put in their freezer! Always make sure to give them directions on reheating too!! As I mention below, I made this in 2 individual size, oven safe dishes I have, but it can easily be put in just a very small casserole dish as well!
I also think this is a great romantic evening at home meal. It isn't difficult, even a cooking novice can do it, and do it well. Light some candles, dim the lights, put on some good soft music and.........EAT!!
This is actually a bit of a figure friendly recipe. The cream sauce is chicken stock and skim milk. Nothing heavy about it. The pork is lean and the breadcrumb topping, well, sorry but it must not be skipped!
Here is what you will need:
2 boneless pork chops (mine were just over 8oz a piece)
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste (be careful especially if your stock isn't low sodium)
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken stock
3 tbsp skim milk
1 tbsp cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup bread crumbs
olive oil (any kind will do)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Thin slice your pork chops into "medallions". However you choose to do that, go for it! When both chops are thinly sliced, place in a bowl and sprinkle with onion powder, dried basil, and salt and pepper. Be careful with the salt, especially if you aren't using low sodium chicken stock. Use a light hand, remember everyone can salt their own to taste.
Now heat a medium skillet up with some olive oil, place your pork in the skillet and let it brown. It will likely cook all the way through depending on how think you cut your pork, but if it doesn't, it will be going in the oven so don't sweat it! Cook until nicely browned and nearly cooked through. Place unto a plate and set aside.
In the same skillet, with all that flavor stuck to the bottom, add in butter and flour, whisk together until butter is melted and flour has cooked about 1 minute. Add in chicken stock and whisk, scraping up all the good bits of flavor from the bottom of the skillet! Let simmer for 2 minutes whisking constantly, add in milk and cream cheese and whisk until combined. Now take your pork, add it back into the gravy and stir to coat. Place half of the mixture in each individual serving dish. You can also add to a small 2 serving size casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs and drizzle the top with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
|Into the oven they go!|
I am so glad you all seemed interested in a few of these "Just for 2" meals. I hope you love this first one and give it a try. It is a little fancier than plain chops, a few more steps, yet, as easy, and doubly delicious!!
Your "made this just for 2 today" chefwannabe
PS. This can be also be made for more. Just double or triple the recipe as needed.