Monday, February 13, 2012

La Luna Pork Chops

For Valentine's Day this year I wanted to create a truly romantic meal; that means no garlic or onion -  wink, wink, nudge nudge. 

La Luna Pork Chops

I call these "La Luna" Pork Chops because one of my favorite movies EVER is "Moonstruck" with Cher and Nicolas Cage.  I love the scene at the fountain outside of the opera house where both characters turn around and he finally sees her.  Cage says in a very nerd-like way.... "Whoooa!" 

And, of course, the scene with the grandfather and the dogs is very special. 

This is a quick recipe, so you can spend more time with your honey.   I won't spend a lot of time writing about it.

Here you go.  Enjoy!   Happy Valentine's Day.

with ANGEL HAIR (for 2):

3/4 pound Thin Sliced Center Cut Pork Chops, cut in half
1/2 tablespoon Grill Seasoning for Chicken
Canola Oil Cooking Spray
1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 cup sliced Sun Dried Tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1/2 cup Dry Vermouth
1/2 cup Artichoke Hearts (Packed in Water), chopped
1 Italian Frying Pepper, seeded and sliced into rings
8 chopped and pitted Greek Olives
1/2 cup Feta Cheese Chunks
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
Lemon Slices for garnish
1/4 pound Angel Hair Pasta, cooked per package directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Season pork with grill seasoning. 

Spray two squares (about a foot long) with cooking spray. 

Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to non-stick skillet.  Place seasoned pork in pan and brown for one minute on each side.

Reconstitute the sun dried tomatoes by placing them in a microwave safe bowl with the vermouth.  Heat on high for two minutes. 

Place half of the pork on each tin foil square.  Drizzle with additional olive oil.

Top each pork packet with half of the sun dried tomatoes and vermouth mixture.

Top additionally with artichoke hearts, pepper slices, olives, cheese chunks and lemon juice.

Seal packets.  Place in baking dish.  Bake for approximately 25 minutes until pork is cooked through and juices run clear.  Adjust cooking time accordingly for your oven.  It is important to make sure that pork is properly cooked.

Serve over pasta.

Note:  This recipe was tested with Weber Canadian Chicken Seasoning, which you can find at most warehouse stores.  Not an endorsement and no product was supplied to blogger.

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