Moms may be superheroes, but most of the time we tend to feel quite the opposite. Like in the kitchen.
I remember the days when I had hours of uninterrupted time to cook exciting meals with exotic ingredients. When I could focus on technique and skill instead of worry about getting things done before little beings started a procession of a million and one “Is it done yet? Is it done yet? Can I have one? Can I have one now? Can I have just one PLEEEAAASSSEEE??!” or trying to chop, mince, saute, and answer 52 questions about various reptiles followed by 63 questions about space aliens. I remember being able to head to the grocery store without hesitation and run in and out in 2.5 minutes flat to get aforementioned exotic ingredients needed for that night’s dish.
Oh I remember, and quite frankly, while I can appreciate the fancy dishes my single friends are making, I can’t help but mentally mutter “yeah, but could you have done that with a dozen little monkeys swinging around your kitchen flinging poo at you from all corners of the room while you’re trying to cook? Because that’s what it’s like trying to cook a meal with kids in the house.”
Being able to cook a meal without a single injury and minimal under-the-breath swearing? That’s a superpower, right there, mamas. But it usually helps to have a repertoire of simple yet flavorful dishes to feed the foodie in you that still longs for delicious dishes and that get you out of the kitchen faster.
This dish? It’s made for superhero moms. So easy, so fast, so richly delicious, with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry.
SUPERHERO MOM’S ROSEMARY BALSAMIC PORK CHOPS
4 bone-in pork chops
olive oil (I use about 1/3 cup)
Balsamic vinegar (about 4 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary, separated
2 cloves of minced garlic, separated
1. Whisk olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, 1/2 of the chopped rosemary, 1 clove of minced garlic, salt, pepper in a large bowl.
2. Marinate pork chops in the mixture, coating each side well, for about 5 minutes. Note: I highly recommend bone-in pork chop versus boneless pork chops for this dish. The cut soaks up the flavor a lot more and gives you a truly juicy chop.
3. Mix breadcrumbs, remaining rosemary and remaining garlic in a large bowl. Taking one pork chop at a time, evenly dredge the meaty side of the pork chop in the breadcrumb mixture.
4. Saute the pork chops in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat until just done, about 3-4 minutes per side depending on the size of each chop.
Serve alongside a simple salad, roasted veggies, or, as we did when I took this iPhone photo, with a rich, cheesy, nutty potatoes au gratin.
Enjoy, superhero moms!