Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Who's Up For A Quick, Yummy Supper?

I don't know why I decided to try this recipe. It's really unlike what I usually serve. We're not a much of a pork-eating family, and I hardly ever have white bread in the house.

Actually, I DO know why I tried this recipe. It was Charlie at Publix Supermarket. Charlie is the resident "chef" at Publix who cooks recipes up in the afternoons and gives away tastes so that you will want to buy the ingredients for what he's cooking. He loves cooking, he loves talking, he loves talking about what he's cooking.

A lot of times, what he's cooking just isn't going to happen. Like Grilled Lamb with Pistachio Sauce and Caponata Couscous ("I have a budget, Charlie!") or Cod Saute' with Citrus Bearnaise and Quick Asparagus ("I'm feeding KIDS, Charlie!")

But this day he was making Pork Chop Sandwiches. Charlie was charming. Charlie complimented my adorable children. Charlie gave the Kiddos big, fat tastes of Pork Chop Sandwiches. The Kiddos' eyes rolled back in their heads with the sheer delight of such a delicacy. It was all over but the shouting. I succumbed, bought the ingredients, made the sandwiches, and mmmmmmmm, am I glad I did. Really easy, really quick, really yummy. So nice, for once to have the family say "yay" over a meal rather than inspecting it for bits of green pepper, or onions, or any ingredient with more nutritive value than a Pop-Tart.

So, here it is, and I hope you love it! (Recipe follows.)

Cook 2 pieces of bacon for each sandwich:

Flatten 1 boneless pork loin chop for each sandwich:

And cook it on both sides until browned and lovely:

Slice up 1 or 2 slices of your favorite cheese for each sandwich
(never can have too much cheese, you know!)

And get out some barbecue sauce:

Then stack up a slice of Italian bread, cooked pork chop,
2 slices of bacon, barbecue sauce to taste, cheese, and another
slice of Italian bread. Butter the top slice, and flip it over
onto the awaiting hot pan.

Enjoy the sandwich in all it's buttery, savory, tangy goodness.

Here is the exact recipe as handed to me by Charlie. (He used a countertop grill for his. Even easier!)
Pork Chop Sandwiches
1 pound boneless pork top loin chops (4 chops cut 1/4-inch thick)
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
8 slices fully cooked bacon
8 teaspoons butter
8 slices Bakery Italian bread
4 (1-ounce) slices Colby cheese
4 teaspoons barbecue sauce
1. Preheat 2-sided tabletop grill. Tenderize and flatten each pork chop by pounding with a meat mallet or rolling pin for 15 seconds. Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
2. Place pork chops on grill; top with bacon, cover and grill 3 minutes. Remove pork chops from grill and set aside.
3. Spread butter on one side of all bread slices. Place four on grill with buttered side down. Assemble in this order: pork chops and bacon, cheese, barbecue sauce and then remaining bread with buttered side up. Grill 2–3 minutes until golden. Serve.


  1. Hi Shelley
    have just found your blog via attic24. So I thought I would stop by and say 'hello'!
    I have had a quick look through your pages, what a lovely mum & family you are.
    I am off to do my grocery shopping and I think we'll be trying out your pork sandwich - sound yummy!! I love what your daughter has done with the letters for her room, how clever is she!?
    Well I must go will pop by again soon
    Wend xx

  2. We don't eat much pork either, but this looks good and easy. I think I am going to have to try this. I am always on the lookout for quick & easy recipes. I also wanted to thank you for your kind thoughts and well wishes. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Oooo thaat looks a really yummy sandwich be brilliant for mt hungry lot on their school hols. I love the letters your daughters has painted for her room, cute daughter too.Lovely blog will be sure to pop by more Paula x

  4. Those ARE delicious. I know because of my friend Deb at MY Publix. Don't you love their little cooking station? But, like you, many times the stuff just isn't kid-friendly or it is over my price range.

    I've been reading some of your older posts and I just loved them. As for your open bag of Goldfish crackers - have you ever heard of a Brisker? It looks like a bread box, but you plug it in and it keeps things crisp. Or, if you're like me (which you are!) and kids open stuff and then they don't close stuff, you can stick it in your Brisker, OPEN, and it will actually re-crisp things for you. I. KID. YOU. NOT. Best $99 I've ever spent. Works for cereal, crackers, chips, etc.

    I also loved your Target pails down the middle of your table. Too cute and a great idea.

  5. Now THAT looks like an easy and delicious dinner! GOing to have to give it a try this week.

  6. As I type this, I'm enjoying this DELICIOUS pork chop sandwich! And best of all, my four sons all like it, which of course is a rare occurrence unless we're having hot dogs. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Shelley!