Since I’m challenging myself+my husband to make new recipes out of our new cookbooks throughout the year (at least one from each book per month), I decided to do mini-review posts of the recipes we make on the blog. I will not be posting the recipe (you can get it yourself in whichever book it comes from), but I’ll post a photo (if possible) of our dish made from the recipe as well as a few bullet-point notes. There’s a category on the blog for these posts called “recipe review 2013.”
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Have I mentioned that Husband and I are getting DVDs of ATK through Netflix? We watch an episode together most evenings. Well, this meal was a product of it being hard to resist making the recipes after you’ve seen them on the show!
Recipe: Stuffed Pork Chops (p159-161) + All-Purpose Gravy (p. 161) with Glazed Carrots (p. 479-480) from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013
- when did we make this? Monday, March 3, for a late supper. Due to circumstances in the afternoon, I was only able to partially prep the mise en place before Husband got home from work. We decided to wait until Vivian was in bed to finish cooking the meal together. It turned the evening into a homemade dinner date for us!
- did we change anything? Not really. (Just dried thyme rather than fresh. I really need to get some herb plants for my kitchen counter! ;-))
- what did we like? Everything was delicious! It was a great meal. The pork, because it’s brined, was especially moist and tasty. The carrots were especially carrot-y flavored– it wasn’t just the glaze you were tasting on insipid carrot pieces (like other glazed carrots I’ve tried to make in the past), but a nice concentrated carrot flavor was predominant.
- what didn’t we like? The stuffing was ever-so-slightly stronger flavored than I would prefer. After all the work to make the pork taste so good, the stuffing seemed to overpower its flavor just a bit.
- will we make it again (any changes in the future)? Yes. We might try a bit less garlic in the stuffing next time. I froze the extra gravy (there are directions for freezing and defrosting in the cookbook!) and look forward to using it with future meals!