Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Grilled Pork-Chops with Weight Watchers Mushroom Sauce



I sometimes wonder if anyone else ever gets sick and tired of having the same thing over, and over again. I know, I sure do. When it comes to dinners I try to change things up as much as possible, especially when it comes to pork.

My husband is not a picky eater, however he also isn't a big fan of pork. He states that it tends, to be dry and tough, and in some cases, he is right. Which brings me to my point of how glad I am to have come across this recipe for mushroom sauce. It adds that extra something, and is a great alternative to the usual red sauce.

One of the great things about this sauce is that it's weight watchers recipe. It is packed with flavor, and is so easy to make. I hope that if you try it, that you all enjoy it as much as we did. Happy Cooking!

Mushroom sauce adapted from the Weight Watchers Cookbook

Makes 4 servings:

WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO NEED FOR THE SAUCE:

1.5 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 shallot finely diced
2 garlic clove
4 cups of thinly sliced mushrooms (to save time you can buy the mushrooms already sliced)
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of salt (or more to adjust to taste)
2 tablespoons brandy (I didn't have brandy so I used some Portuguese Port wine)
1 1/2 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup fat-free milk (you might need to add a little extra milk while cooking to thin out the sauce)
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream (A must have it makes the sauce creamy and makes the sauce taste really good.)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THE REST OF THE DISH:

2 bone-in Pork-chops (doesn't need to have bone, and be center cut)
half box of your favorite Whole Wheat pasta
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of olive oil


WHAT TO DO:

In a stockpot bring water to a boil, and cook pasta as directed by package.

Season pork-chops with salt,pepper, and garlic powder.

Pour olive oil onto a hot grill pan, and place pork-chop to sear the meat. Once the meat is seared reduce the heat and let cook (about 5-6 minutes on each side depending on thickness of the pork.)

While pork is cooking, melt butter for sauce in a large skillet.

Saute the shallot until soft, it will take about 2 minutes.

Add garlic and cook for another minute.

Stir in mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Stir frequently until mushrooms are tender. (This will take another 5-6 minutes.)

Increase the heat to high, and cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated.

Add brandy (or Port) and cook another minute.

Stir in flour, and stir constantly until smooth.

Stir in milk, reduce the heat and simmer stirring constantly until thickened. (this will take about 7 minutes)

Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream.

Serve over your favorite pasta or protein!

Serving size for sauce is 1/2 cup....79 cal, 2g fat, 1g sat fat, 7mg chol, 187mg sodium, 11g carbs, 1g fiber
weight watchers points 2 for sauce only

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