Spicy Pork Chop Casserole
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- Ready In:
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 2 cups diced frozen hash browns
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced Italian-style tomatoes, drained
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 boneless pork loin chops, about 3/4 inch thick
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray.
- Add corn, cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes or until corn begins to brown.
- Add potatoes, cook and stir for 5 more minutes or until potatoes begin to brown.
- Add tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, cumin and red pepper; stir until well mixed.
- Lightly spray 8x8x2 baking dish with cooking spray. Pour corn mixture into dish.
- Add oil and pork chops to skillet. Cook pork chops over medium-high heat until brown on one side.
- Remove pork chops and place browned side up on top of corn mixture.
- Sprinkle with pepper.
- Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until meat is barely pink in center.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- Let stand 2-3 minutes.
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What a terrific dish! We loved it! I didn't have frozen hash browns, so I used some pre-boiled russets that I diced. I also used more than 1 tsp. olive oil for browning the chops. Any that was left in the skillet I just poured over the casserole and put in the oven to bake. Also I didn't have monterey jack cheese, but cheddar was a fine substitute. This tastes so good; the potatoes took on a great smoky taste from the spices. The chops were tender and full of flavor. (I put garlic salt on my chops before sauteeing.) We enjoyed this dinner on a cold, rainy night with crusty bread and salad. Deeeeelicious!
With a houseful of young people last night, I was looking for something filling & inexpensive, but good. And this is. Not an exciting recipe, just very good comfort food. I used boneless pork ribs, cut into chunks (what I had on hand) and added some garlic to them. I also added diced green pepper for a little color, and cut the amount of chili powder by half (because my family isn't crazy about it) - but I would use the full amount next time and also add a little salt. We enjoyed it (and finished off the leftovers for breakfast) and definitely plan on making it a lot - thank you.
What a taste sensation!! Who would have thought to mix the very definition of comfort food ( pork chops, taters, corn ) together in one pan?? Very easy to put together. I was leary of putting cheese on pork chops but, OMG it was fantastic. Next time I am adding more cheese. I might even put some on the veggies before adding the chops.