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Sunday, 18 August 2013

PORK AND VEGETABLE CASSEROLE

Good Morning to you,


Recently we have baked quite a few deliciously rich cakes and desserts and  as lovely as they are, I thought it time that I shared one of my simple everyday recipes with you.  A dish that is easy to prepare, then placed into a casserole dish, popped into the oven and forgotten  about for  an hour or so.

Do you like the sound of that?  I thought you might, so today we are going to make,


a Pork and Vegetable Casserole..... now that does sound a little healthier doesn't it.

So let us begin, it's on with the apron and the music I am listening to today is,



Norah Jones..... Feels Like Home.  Norah's music is soothing and perfect for when a day is just floating by, as this music puts you in a very good place. You can often here me singing along to "Feels Like Home".


INGREDIENTS


1 large onion
4 carrots
2 sweet potatoes


1 or 2 cloves of garlic dependent on your taste


1 tin of Passata
 or 
1 tin of tomatoes
or 
2 or 3 fresh tomatoes chopped.
Whatever you have in your store cupboard

8 new potatoes


4 pork chops


Olive oil about 2 tablespoons


Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Gently brown the onions in  olive oil


When browned add the grated garlic
and cook for a minute


Chop the carrot and sweet potato into chunks
and add to the onion and garlic to
coat with olive oil

 

Cut the new potatoes in half and
add to the pan 


Add the Passata


Add a cup of water or if you prefer
a cup of stock


Whilst waiting for the tomato and vegetables
to heat through,


season  each side of the pork chop with
sea salt and black pepper, then
brown the chops in a separate pan.


Using a casserole dish,
layer some of the vegetables and tomato sauce
at the bottom of a casserole dish
then add two of the pork chops,


continue layering until you are left
with vegetables and tomato sauce on the top
of the casserole



Place the lid on the casserole dish
and place the casserole dish onto a baking tray,
this makes it easier to remove from the oven

Bake for 1 hour or until the vegetables are tender


...... and there you have it a delicious all in one supper.

This is a dish which is made up of vegetables I have left at the end of the week.  This week I had some spare carrots, sweet potatoes and new potatoes left in the vegetable tray.  This recipe isn't really about precise measurements, although I have recorded them for you, so that you can get an idea of the amounts.

Sometimes I will leave out the potatoes and add butter beans which we love...... and sometimes I leave out the pork chops and add sausages.

This is a simple recipe, as it is such a good way of using up those few vegetables which are left in the cupboard, but believe me this is not simple when it comes to taste as it makes  for a lovely supper.

Take care and I will see you later in the week.

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