Never thought I would say those words. I have heard risotto is hard to make and a lot of work so I have never even attempted it. So I have decided to give it a try and paired it with delicious pork chops. We are making pan fried pork chops on page 156 and risotto on page 328 of the Dinnertime Pioneer Woman cookbook. Dinnertime Cookbook
Delicious Scale- 9 out of 10
Husband Delicious Scale- 7 out of 10 (it was to creamy for him, said no one ever?)
Prep Time- 30 uninterrupted minutes
Clean Up- between everything it was quite a few dishes
Risotto is basically a slow cooked rice that must be cooked by adding the liquid a little bit at a time. We are using Arborio rice which is quite expensive compared to just normal white or brown rice. It looks like a thick shorter grain. This started with carmelizing some onions and garlic in butter and then you add two cups of the Arborio rice. This calls for 6 cups of broth, I used chicken broth. So you add one cup at a time and don’t add another until all the liquid is absorbed. My husband last minute had to go help my family with something so I had the kids while I was trying to make risotto. So I’m holding my youngest Bailey and telling my two year old daughter to not come near the pan because she always wants to be up cooking with me.
Moms are multi taskers though right so this is no problem haha. Anyways at the end you add a little heavy cream, parmesan, salt and pepper. This was perfectly delicious! So creamy and such a different texture then normal white rice I had to go back for more.
Pan Fried Pork Chops
Delicious Scale- 8 out of 10
Husband Delicious Scale 7 out of 10
Prep Time- 15 minutes
I think these would have been ten times better if my pork chops didn’t have a little bit of freezer burn. Oh well this is what happens when you buy in bulk and also buy meat when its on sale and then it sits in the freezer for a while.
Whenever the pioneer woman fries anything she adds oil and butter because she thinks it gives it better flavor. I believe her!! If you are making this along side risotto you want to make sure everything is prepped ahead of time so you can just through the pork chops straight in when it comes time.
This recipe could not be easier! We are using boneless pork chops. You just dip your pork chops in flour mixed with your favorite spices and put them in the pan to fry. For spices we used salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and season salt. Also its very important to flavor your meat as well with salt and pepper before you put it into the flour mixture.
Perfectly crispy and juicy on the inside. Just how I like it.Tada!! I paired this with a beautiful strawberry and spinach salad. Such a delicious meal. As far as clean up if any of you are like me and frying is a total mess you should invest in one of these covers. It just goes right over the top of your pan so none of the grease splashes out. Splatter Screen