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Smothered Pork Chops

Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
1 hr 5 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
A fantastic one-pot meal that can be made ahead of time and then warmed up just before serving.
Ingredients

garlic clove(s)

2 large clove(s), smashed

uncooked lean boneless pork chop(s)

1 pound(s), four 4 oz chops, washed, patted dry

table salt

1 tsp, divided

black pepper

1 tsp, freshly ground, divided

cooking spray

4 spray(s), divided

olive oil

1 Tbsp, divided

uncooked onion(s)

1 large, Spanish-variety, cut in half and thinly sliced

sweet red pepper(s)

3 medium, or a variety of bell peppers, thinly sliced

uncooked white rice

½ cup(s), long-grain, rinsed and drained

canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz

Instructions

  1. Rub garlic all over pork; reserve garlic. Next, rub 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper all over pork.
  2. Coat a large heavy pan with cooking spray; set over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, sear pork chops until nicely browned, about 2 minutes per side; remove pork and set aside.
  3. Off heat, coat pan again with cooking spray; add 1/2 tablespoon oil. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic and cook until garlic starts to turn golden and caramelize, about 1 to 2 minutes (do not allow garlic to burn). Add onions and sauté until onions turn translucent and become golden, scraping bottom of pan occasionally to incorporate drippings, about 10 minutes; remove onions and set aside.
  4. Off heat, coat pan again with cooking spray; add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and set over medium heat. When hot, add peppers and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes; remove and set aside.
  5. Add pork back to pan; top each pork chop with 2 tablespoons uncooked rice. Spoon tomatoes over pork; season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Tightly cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes. Spoon peppers and onions over top and cover again; cook until rice is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Yields 1 pork chop and about 1 cup rice with vegetables per serving.
Notes
Change the flavor profile of this recipe by using canned tomatoes with jalapenos or canned fired-roasted tomatoes with Italian herbs. Or add sliced olives during the last 5 minutes of cooking (could affect SmartPoints value).

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