Thursday, 4 May 2017

Cowboy Pork 'n' Beans

Last week I decided to embrace all things pioneer woman and had a go at a cowboy inspired meal - well really I just cooked the way I usually do but added bean and extra chilli!

The results were actually really good and with a big bowl of buttery mash potato it was excellent - real comfort food for a wet spring evening! I wasn't going to feature it but after tasting the sauce I though 'wow that's yummy' and grabbed the camera for a few quick shots - so that's why you only get pictures of the finished dish this time!

In essence it's just pork chops casseroled in a tomato and bean sauce with loads of hot spicy sweetness.

Recipe - enough for 2
2 large pork chops
1 onion - peeled and diced
2 sticks of celery - washed and sliced
1 red pepper - diced
1 tin baked beans - 200g
1 tin butter beans - 200g
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
2 teaspoons hot sweet chilli sauce
2 bays leaves
half cup boiling water
freshly ground black pepper to finish

Heat a little oil in a heavy based casserole pan and gently fry the diced onions until they start to soften. Add the peppers and celery - stir together for just a few minutes. Remove the onion mix from the pan and turn the heat up, add a little more oil if needed and place in the chops, colour and seal on both sides.

Remove the chops from the pan, lower the heat and then return the onion mix. Heat through - then add both types of beans, the ketchup, the chilli sauce and the water. Stir together, lower the heat to a very gentle simmer and return the chops. Make sure they are tucked down into the sauce, add the bay leaves, pop the lid on and leave to cook for about 35-40 minutes. Check the sauce hasn't evaporated too much occasionally during the cooking - if it has add just a little more boiling water.

Once the chops have cooked through and are tender remove from the sauce. Keep them hot in foil and bring the sauce to a quick boil to reduce to a thick consistency.

Serve on hot plates with the sauce ladled over and loads of mash potato or colcannon

Hope that's warmed you up - it's meant to be spring here - I have a summery dress on and everything! but the sun has vanished and I'm reduced to huddling in a thick cardigan with the heater on!!

Have a great day
Love Lizx

 Cowboy Pork'n'Beans