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.