7-2: Pork Chops with Tomatoes

Okay. This one sounds weird. It looks weird too. But you know what? It actually worked out okay. I had some green beans from the CSA box that desperately needed to be used, so here’s what we did with them.

7-2 Pork Chops with Tomatoes
Pork chops + tomatoes + green beans + sliced cheese sounds odd. Book 1, Group 2 (Main Courses), Subgroup 7 (Pork) gives us 7-2: Pork Chops with TomatoesI had pasta and salad ready on the stand-by in case this went south, but luckily I didn’t need them.

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Almost redundant at this point, but pork and tomatoes were two things that were not consumed in large amounts when I grew up. No chance anyone’s made this before.

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All ingredients were pretty much on point, except maybe the cheese could have been thicker? You can never have too much cheese, I suppose.

Chops were boneless & thin-cut, and there were 5 instead of 4. Beans were from the CSA box, and probably a bit wilted at this point, but they turned out pretty delicious.

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Trimmed the strings off. That’s a thing you have to do apparently–I was unaware of that in the past. My green bean experiences were usually limited to canned or frozen iterations.

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Beans a’cookin. All the rest of my shots of the cooking pork were blurry as hell, so you get to look at lots of beans.

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Somewhat blurry picture of pork with tomatoes. The tomatoes were a bit tough, and I would have wanted to cut them into smaller pieces. I didn’t want to mutilate them completely, so I just let them stay big.

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And….cheese. It’s definitely a colorful dish, if nothing else.

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Into the toaster oven. Toaster ovens are difficult to keep clean. 🙁 Especially when you cook 4-13: Fennel au Gratin in them and it tips slightly as you try to wrestle it out.

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The finished product, fresh out of the toaster oven. It’s cheesy, tomatoey pork, with green beans. Works well, even if it seems a bit odd at first.

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Plated for dinner. The beans were described as “exquisite”, so take that for what you will. Overall, a surprise success.

Grade: A-

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