Sunday, August 26, 2012

Speedy Brownies

Let me start off by saying that I've made these before and never had the opportunity to actually try one!  Well, last week our church had a potluck and I was scrambling for a sweet treat to take at the last minute when I came across this recipe.  Luckily, I had everything on the ingredient list which was a plus!  After they were finished and I was cutting them to put on a pretty plate to take to the potluck, I decided I would try one and they were "okay" I thought.  Well, at the potluck there was TONS of food and most everyone took at least a few leftovers home- me included.  Thankfully, there weren't too many of these!  With those leftover brownies at home, I soon found out that I really LOVED these.  I couldn't stay out of what I brought home!  These have a much different texture than a traditional brownie.  They are not a fudgy brownie, but rather more cake like!  The chocolate flavor is PERFECT!!  I will definitely be making these more often!!  By the way, this is a Taste of Home recipe.  I had held on to this recipe card and I'm glad I did!!

Speedy Brownies
from:  Taste of Home
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 t. salt
5 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 t. vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; beat until smooth.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.  (I lined mine with aluminum foil.)  Sprinkle batter with chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  (After about 10 minutes, I used the foil to remove them to a cooling rack- careful, it's hot!)  Cool completely and cut into squares!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Parm-breaded Pork Chops

My mom has a new subscription to Taste of Home magazine and she's been bringing them to me when she's finished reading.  Aren't I a lucky girl??  A few months ago, I found this recipe and just had to try it.  They turned out good but I wanted to omit the butter in the recipe and use olive oil spray instead.  I thought the butter made the breading a little soggy, but the flavor was great and the chops were so tender. The original recipe called for 6 chops and even though I only made 4, I did use almost all of the breading so they were well-coated.   I don't think I would have had enough breading for 6 chops. 

My husband really liked these so I knew I needed to make them again with the necessary changes.  Well, the next time I went to make them, I couldn't find the recipe.  I knew I had clipped it from the magazine and put it somewhere.  I searched and searched!  I even tried searching on their website, but I had to have a subscription to look at their recipes.  I was seriously bummed out because I wanted to make them again so badly.  Weeks later it turned up in a stack of recipes I had set aside!  I was so relieved!!  The next time I made these I used olive oil spray instead and the breading was much better.  My hubby is such a picky eater and he really likes these!  This is my new favorite dinner recipe!!!  Yummy!

Place flour in a bowl.  In another bowl, combine egg and milk.  In a third bowl, combine the crushed crackers, cheese, salt, and pepper.  Dip each chop in flour mixture, then egg mixture, and finally the cracker mixture.  Place in a 13x9 pan sprayed with olive oil spray.  Spray tops of breaded chops with additional olive oil spray.  This will help them brown nicely!

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30  minutes or until cooked through.  Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Parm-breaded Pork Chops
adapted from:  Taste of Home

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
2 T. milk
1 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (I used Townhouse crackers.)
3 T. grated Parmesan
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
olive oil spray
4-5 boneless pork chops  (You could probably do 6, but VERY lightly breaded).

Place flour in a bowl. In another bowl, combine egg and milk. In a third bowl, combine the crushed crackers, cheese, salt, and pepper. Dip each chop in flour mixture, egg mixture, and cracker mixture. Place in a 13x9 pan sprayed with olive oil spray. Spray tops of breaded chops with additional olive oil spray.   Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

Note:  I recently made these again and didn't realize I was out of crackers so I used Panko bread crumbs and they were delicious!!

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