Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Well, I Suppose I Should Use Up Those Pork Chops aka Pork Pizza Sandwiches

Well, I Suppose I Should Use Up Those Pork Chops aka Pork Pizza Sandwiches
From: eleanorigby

Pork chops
Italian dressing-- Wishbone, Paul Newman, homemade, oh so precious foodie stuff. Just not the spray stuff or the diet/"lite" stuff.
French bread or similar (need a sturdy bread for this)
Pizza sauce--some kind of tomato based sauce that isn't ketchup or salsa*
Mozzarella cheese--I use whole milk mozzarella. Go part skim if you like melted plastic.
Anything else you like: oregano, chopped onions, black olives, peppers, god knows what you people put on your food. No, I don't want to know!

1. Take 4-5, maybe 6 thawed pork chops. I don't care what cut, although the thinner ones do better. I don't care where the pig came from, either. Buy the cheap cut--I'll never tell. Cut the RAW meat off the bone in strips. Use something sharp; I use kitchen shears; do not use your teeth. And wash your hands! Discard the bones. Wash 'em again.

2. Place the pork strips in a glass dish, pour the Italian dressing over them. Stir a bit, then cover with Cling (if you can get it to work; I never can) or tin foil (leave some extra for your hat). Place in refrigerator. We're marinating the meat. How nice.

3.In about an hour, maybe 2 or even overnight, retrieve the meat. Fry or if you went to private school, saute the pork in a hot skillet until it is slightly brown (it may not brown due to the marinade. No worries). Discard the used marinade.

4. Cut the French bread into sandwich slices. Place on baking sheets. Put pork on top of bread. Now would be a good time to add your anchovies or peppers or whatever you want to the pork. Drizzle (or glop--it's your food) the pizza/spaghetti/pasta sauce over the pork. Top with finely grated mozzarella.

5. You an either broil them lightly until the cheese bubbles or you can bake them at 375 for about 8 minutes until the cheese melts. The goal is to melt the cheese; how you achieve that is your call.

These are usually gone in about 5 minutes. If they're not, you did something wrong.


*If you must go south of the border, you can make this recipe with salsa and add peppers and [insert name of Mexican cheese here]. You may want to use soft tortillas then. Ole!

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