Friday, March 11, 2011

It's a 10.

"Holy crap, it's a 10. Those were AMAZING."

Jon boy gave his first ever 10 out of 10 on a recipe.

We had hoisin-honey pork chops and sweet potato mash for supper tonight. The pork chops were the recipient of the highest honor in Jon's universe. I thought the sweet potatoes were pretty fantastic myself.

So, tonight you get both recipes. Enjoy!

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friends. Cheers!

Hoisin-Honey Pork Chops
Serves 4
195 calories per

2 TBS sliced green onions
2 TBS hoisin sauce
2 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
2 TBS honey
1 TBS hot water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (1-pound) package pork chops
1/4 tsp salt
Cooking spray
1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl. Pour 1/4 cup honey mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag; reserve remaining honey mixture. Add pork to bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

Remove pork from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle pork with salt.Brush 1 tablespoon reserved honey mixture over pork; sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Preheat a grill to medium heat. Grill chops for about 10-12 minutes per side or until a thermometer reaches 160. Remove from grill and rest 5 minutes before serving.

Sweet Potato Mash
Serves 2
299 calories per

2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound)
3 TBS 1% low-fat milk
2 TBS brown sugar, divided
1/8 tsp salt
1 TBS butter, softened
1 TBS chopped pecans, toasted
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Pierce potatoes with a fork; arrange on paper towels in microwave oven. Microwave potatoes at HIGH for 10 minutes, rearranging the potatoes after 5 minutes. Wrap potatoes in a towel; let stand for 5 minutes. Scoop out pulp; discard skins. Combine pulp, milk, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl; mash.

Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, softened butter, pecans, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Top each serving with pecan mixture.

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