A few do influence me. I respond by dreaming up my own variants of dishes, some sophisticated and some not so sophisticated. The dreaming goes on during the shows, and after. At times, I come up with dishes inspired by specific episodes while I drive back from work, along NYC's crowded roads or in unexpected places like the shower, when I practice my Caruso vocals (that's another dream).
Culinary day dreaming lead me to this meat lovers delight. I think the Guy Fieri's triple D (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) super show got me started on this. The dish was a hit,. I am sure that Guy would have approved , as the meat was super tasty and extra moist.
Therefore here's a version of pork chops that I am sure will gain a few fans. Easy to make, and worth the patience.
Pork Chops in Red Grape Sauce
4 Pork Chops with bone. medium thickness, freeze
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, kept whole
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup red seedless grapes
Not much going on here too. Cook the meat in a high pan with a lid, First add EVOO, garlic, cook for a few minutes without burning the garlic. Add Pork slices. Cook on each side for a few minutes to sear and lock in juices. Once that is done, add the wine, Then add herbs, tomatoes , vinegar, season with S/P. Cook with lid on keeping the flame at no more than medium. A sauce should form in the pan. Add some warm water if needed. Once the meat is almost cooked, add the red grapes cut in half. The grapes will add a hint of sweetness to the dish. Cook for a few more minutes.
To accompany this dish, a nice 2009 Oregon Pinot Noir did the trick. Grapes and Wine: a Mother and son combination. Isn't that wonderful !
"Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" thanks for the inspiration. The fan club , thanks you as well.