It’s that time of year where I start looking for recipes that fall into the comfort food category. However, I’m on day 12 of my New Year’s resolution of exercising more, so… my favorite 5 cheese and macaroni dish is out and my super rich beef stroganoff recipe is definitetly out. It’s a good thing my all time favorite comfort food is… Tuna! Yes, I know that sounds wierd but I really do like a good old fashioned tunafish (Starkist, of course) sandwich. You know the kind with mayo, diced dill pickles and green onions, topped with a piece of iceberg lettuce. Oh yeah, so reminds me of my childhood!
Anyway, I’m on a quest to lighten up my comfort food recipes without sacrificing the full body, comforting flavor that I love so well. Guess what? I found an amazing recipe last night that matches that description perfectly! I was browsing through the Tyler Florence cookbook, Stirring the Pot, and salivating as I read his recipe for Pan-Roasted Pork Chops with Crispy Prosciutto and Roasted Red Grapes. Seriously, it was so good, so easy, and I had time to exercise while the pork chops were brining. How cool is that!
The brining process, sauteeing the pork chops, and then finishing the dish in a hot oven really added a great depth of flavor to the chops. The roasted grapes were a nice, “sweet” flavor and looked beautiful on the plate. I added roasted asparagus (want to get those 5 servings a day in), upon removing from the oven, I finished the asparagus with one of our Signature Flavors – the Northwest Smoked Alder Sea Salt and a few shavings of Parmesan Reggiano. So yummy! I think you’ll love it!
Stay tune for more winter comfort food ideas and recipes. What’s your favorite comfort food?