Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Whisk Wednesdays—Côtes de Porc Flamande (Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Thyme)

Côtes de Porc Flamande (Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Thyme)This week's Cordon Bleu recipe is simple meat and potatoes fare. I didn't think I'd ever use "simple" and "Cordon Bleu" in the same sentence, but this is one recipe that is both.

And it's not your typical fried-and-dried pork chops. First, the pork is fried in butter and oil. Searing the meat forms a crust that keeps the flavorful juices inside the meat. But to avoid the dried part of the equation, the meat is finished in the oven layered between thinly sliced potatoes that have been sprinkled with salt, pepper and thyme, drenched in butter and baked until the potatoes are cooked. This Flemish-style rib of pork couldn't be easier or more delicious.

Côtes de Porc Flamande (Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Thyme)Recipe

Serves 6

Côtes de Porc Flamande (Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Thyme) mise en place
6 pork chops, 6-8 ounces each
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¼ pound (4 ounces or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds potatoes
Several sprigs fresh thyme

You can find the recipe for Côtes de Porc Flamande (Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Thyme) in the book Le Cordon Bleu at Home. To see how the rest of the Whisk Wednesdays group fared with their recipe, click here (or check out the sidebar) and then click on each blogger!

Côtes de Porc Flamande (Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Thyme)Tasting Notes
This was such a simple and delicious meal (and affordable at $2 per plate). It was also quick and easy to make and one that I'll add to our menu rotation at home. Now if only I could get my kids to like meat!

Next Week (January 28)
• Truite aux Amandes (Trout with Almonds) pages 49-50

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Running total: $991.59 + $12.39 = $1,003.98

Butter used so far: 9 pounds

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::Whisk Wednesdays::
We're cooking our way through a cooking school curriculum using the Le Cordon Bleu at Home cookbook. The "classes" are based on the Le Cordon Bleu curriculum found online and used as a guideline. Not all the items in the curriculum are in the cookbook, but most are. Where the items are not in the book, we try to find a suitable substitution. Find out more here.
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    La Bella Cooks said...

    Wow, those potatoes look mouthwatering! I love the smell of thyme.

    Irene said...

    My, my, that looks like A LOT of butter! Looks amazing!!!

    Karen said...

    Sometimes it's the simple dishes that are the best - this looks great!

    Anonymous said...

    Scrumptious Shari. The potatoes look perfect and I love the red pot their in. I don't eat pork regularly but you've just reminded me how delicious pork chops are. Happy New Year!

    Jessica said...

    I was pleasantly surprise by the ease of this recipe. It was a hit with my husband.

    Anonymous said...

    Shari this looks wonderful! Mmmm! It inspired me to go ahead and fix this tonight, even though I'm bushed about EASY! Thanks for sharing!

    pigpigscorner said...

    Looks really delicious! Simple and hearty, just right for the winter!

    Giff said...

    lovely recipe. Just the kind of thing I would like to try.

    pam said...

    At last, one of your recipes that I feel safe to try! I love your red baking dish.

    NKP said...

    A real family pleaser, what a great meal!
    ps, I love your red lasagna pan!

    Melissa said...

    Wonderful Shari! I love your pics. I'm so inspired to try some of those settings on my camera besides the shutter. LOL. One day!

    CookiePie said...

    What a delicious and satisfying supper!!

    cuteseas said...

    where is the recipe at? i dont see it on this post?

    Anonymous said...

    Your photo is so lovely...makes me want to dig right in and have this again. It was a big hit around here and I will make it again as it was so easy! Easy and tasty...can't get better than that. Yours looks just wonderful. Love the baking dish!

    Beth said...

    Thanks for giving me an idea for dinner that won't require an extra trip to the grocery. I should have all the ingredients on hand for this one!

    Kiezie said...

    Looks delicious! I just bought porkchops and was wanting something new and this dropped into my lap
    !! How fabulous!

    Di said...

    Wow, that looks fabulous! I love potatoes when they get all crispy on the edges. I'll have to try this one for my family. For all that Brianna is picky about a lot of things, she does like pork.

    Anonymous said...

    Saw this on Dine and Dish and it looks great! My husband loves pork chops so this would be great.