Monday, August 17, 2009

Barbeque Pork Chops and Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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The long Independence day weekend was fantastic. It rained all 3 days in Delhi, though intermittently, and the weather was perfect for a cooking outdoors. This was a perfect time for me to take out my latest acquisition, a weber's smokey joe portable grill and head to a nice retreat. 2 days of grilling and having fun with kids has left me totally refreshed. It was also good fun to catch up with some old friends and forget work for sometime.
My friend decided to do Pork Chops on Sunday and it was the last meal before we headed back to the daily grind. It was a simple recipe with Bbq sauce and did not take too much time. I contributed on the side by making up some herb and garlic mashed potatoes.
For trivia sakes, Pork Chops is the favorite food of Homer Simpson (The Simpsons). :)

Bbq Pork Chops

Pork Chops - 10
Malt Vinegar - 1 Cup
Tomato Ketchup - 1 Cup
Tabasco Sauce - 10 drops
Garlic, minced - 3 cloves
Cloves - 4
Paprika - 1/2 Tsp
Mustard Sauce - 2 tsp
Black Pepper - 2 Tsp
Worcestershire Sauce - 2 Tblsp
Brown Sugar - 2 Tblsp
Water - 1/2 Cup
Sea Salt - 2 Tsp
Olive Oil - 1 Tblsp

1. Put a pan on flame and add in all the ingredients, except the pork chops.
2. Mix well and let it come to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. The Bbq sauce is ready.
3. Place the pork chops in a large deep bowl. Pour the bbq sauce over the chops. Leave aside in a cool place for 3 hours.
4. Heat the grill. Grill the pork chops over charcoal for 5-7 minutes each side. baste each side with the bbq sauce while grilling.
5. heat the remaining bbq sauce. Serve with the Pork Chops.
Note: You can add in Honey and celery salt if you wish. I did not have them at the place where we were grilling. :)

Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes, peeled & quartered - 2 Kgs
Garlic, peeled & chopped - 20 cloves
Butter - 3 Tblsp
Milk - 3/4 Cup
Parsley, chopped - 1/2 cup
Basil - 1 Tblsp
Chervil - 1 Tblsp
Chives - 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper, freshly ground - 2 Tblsp
Salt - To Taste
Olive Oil - 1 Tsp

1. Boil the potatoes in a large bowl of water alongwith 7 cloves of garlic, salt and 1 tsp olive oil. Simmer till potatoes are tender.
2. Drain when done and pass the potatoes and cloves through a ricer. (you can mash them whichever way you prefer).
3. Heat butter in a large pan. Add in the remaining garlic. Saute till translucent.
4. Add in the mashed potatoes and milk. Mix well.
5. Add in the herbs and black pepper.
6. Season with salt and Serve.
Note: If potatoes appear too stiff, add in more milk.


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