Monday, February 2, 2015

Six-ish-- Easy Pork Chop Scalloped Potato Casserole

Six-ish-- Quickie dishes with about six ingredients.

We're on a mission to develop some great dishes that can be tossed together quickly.  Of course, our usual criteria applies.  The dishes must taste great and they must be healing.

We've been laughing lately at the new "Dump" cuisine where you open a few cans or boxes and dump everything in a casserole dish, bake it in the oven and an hour later out pops dinner.  Of course, these meals are often based on processed and packaged foods.

As promoters of fresh, local, healing foods, "Dump" cuisine seems not only laughable but completely unappealing anyway.  But in discussing it, we started wondering if there might not be something to be learned here.  Are there some easy dishes that can still be tasty, healthy and whole?

Here's our first dish in what we hope will become a useful series.  We've decided that salt, pepper and olive oil don't count in our six-ish total.  Mainly because pretty much every dish is going to have these basic starting ingredients.  After that it's a six or so ingredient "dump".

By the way, this dish is low-gluten (ancient grain einkorn flour has a very low gluten count and the type of gluten it contains doesn't seem to bother many people who are gluten-sensitive) and it is free from cows milk, too.

Six-ish Pork Chop and Scalloped Potato Casserole

Preheat oven to 375

The Six:
4 C Almond Milk
8 T Einkorn Flour
6 pork chops
6 T Butter
7 Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced thinly
1 Package steak topper (mushrooms, onions, herbs)

The Usual:
1 t sea salt
½ t pepper
3 T olive oil

Blend the almond milk, einkorn flour, salt and pepper until free of lumps.  In a large oven-safe skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil and cook the pork chops just until brown on both sides.  Transfer the pork chops to a plate.  Remove the skillet from the heat, melt the butter in the warm pan, and whisk in the milk mixture, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Distribute the potato slices in layers, pressing each layer into the milk before moving on to the next layer.  Distribute the steak topper mix over the potatoes and lay the pork chops on top.  Salt and pepper the pork chops.  

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