Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

This meal was kind of a splurge.  As of late we have been eating lighter and healthier, but I was in the mood for a really good old fashioned “Sunday Supper” type of dinner that went all out.  This was just perfect.  It has that stick-to-your-ribs quality about it.

It makes a lot of sauce (which is very tangy by the way), so I’m not sure yet how I’ll use it up this week.  If you have any idea, please let me know.

Soda Pop Chops with Smashed Potatoes

Source: Taste of Home Simple and Delicious, April/May 2011

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Smashed Potatoes-

about 1.5 pounds (or about 8 ) small red potatoes, halved or quartered depending on size

4 Tbsp butter

milk – about 1/2 cup

s & p

Place potatoes in large pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

Ingredients for the chops –

1 cup root beer

1 cup ketchup

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp flour

salt and pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 pork chops

Directions for the chops:

In a small bowl combine the root beer, ketchup, sugar, chili and garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk and set aside.

In a large resealable plastic bag, add the flour and some s & p.  Add chops one at a time, shake to coat.

In a large skillet, brown the chops on both sides in oil.  Add the root beer sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until meat is tender and cooked through.  Remove chops and keep warm.  Bring sauce to a boil and reduce to desired thickness.

Meanwhile, drain potatoes; mash with the butter and milk.  Season with s & p to taste.

Serve chops smothered in sauce next to the smashed potatoes.

I also served this with Broccoli Salad made with crumbled bacon, dried cranberries, chopped red onion, and sliced almonds.

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