We’re back again with another recipe. I don’t do a whole lot of improvisation but you know, buying groceries are expensive and I’m trying to use what I have at home to work something out. One thing my house has a lot of is potatoes. My friend gave me a ton so now we’re working hard on finishing it all up. We tried to mix things up a little last weekend and ended up with this little pork chops and potatoes dish.
Super uncreative name but here we go…
Pork Chops and Potatoes in Tomato-Basil Sauce
6-8 pork chops
(you might want to use a bigger oven dish than this one)
5-6 medium potatoes
1-1/5 cups tomato sauce
(we used Classico Tomato-Basil and Sundried Tomato mix)
bay leaves, to garnish
How to make it:
1. Preheat oven at 400F.
2. Layer pork chops at the bottom.
3. Pour the sauce over the pork chops.
4. Layer sliced potatoes on the top. Try to keep it basted in the tomato sauce.
5. Season on top with minced garlic and Italian seasoning. Put the bay leaves on top, if you choose to.
6. Place it in the oven to bake for about 45 minutes. Be sure to check whether the pork chops and potatoes are cooked through if you need to add a little more time.
I like quick dinner solutions. Usually anything with baking is quick because preparation is about 15 minutes or something. Cutting the potatoes take the longest. Unless you want to peel it, then it’ll take even more time. Mine was in there for a little extra time so it ended adding a little bit of crispiness to the top of the potatoes. It worked out pretty well. Honestly, I had my doubts especially because it didn’t look that appealing but the results worked good. The pork chops flavored well with the tomato sauce.
For something thrown together with leftover sauces in the fridge and adding some meat and veggies, it was a really good mix. I was pleased with the results.
If I were to change it up, I suggest to use less pork chops and layer with more thinly sliced potatoes and only one single layer. Just little tips to think about when putting this together if you give it a go. Any sauce works as long as you like it. If you change the sauce, you should go with some matching seasoning.
How do you like to make pork chops? What do you suggest to use up those potatoes?