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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops (Valentine's Meal)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 min; Cook: 10 min
Serving Suggestions:   Roasted Carrots & Sweet Potato...Followed By Disney's Chocolate Soufle' Source:  Food Network
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, Italian seasoning, onion powder, cocoa powder, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over pork chops.
  3. Add the oil to a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side. Put the skillet in oven and bake the pork chops until cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the skillet from the oven, transfer the chops to a serving platter and serve.
    Disney's Chocolate Soufle'
Servings: 6
Notes: This is from Disney Dream cruise ship was this gorgeous souffle from Palo, one of the two adults-only restaurants on the ship.
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, + more for coating souffle cups
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar, + more for coating souffle cups
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 2/3 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 4 eggs, separated
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Butter six 4-ounce souffle cups and coat with sugar; set aside
  3. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan, meanwhile; melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cocoa to the butter and beat with a whisk to a smooth, paste-like consistency. Reduce heat and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly add the hot milk, whisking until smooth, then blend in melted chocolate. Let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in egg yolks.
  5. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until frothy. Slowly add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff, glossy peaks form. Stir a heaping spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate, then fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
  6. Pour the batter into prepared souffle cups. Place cups in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to reach halfway the sides of the souffle cups.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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