Saucy Pork Chops / Svinjski kotleti u umaku

Humble pork chops are a quick and easy classic. This sauce makes them even more delicious and ensures that they remain tender. Gnocchi or fettucine would be a fantastic vessel for the sauce, but even the ordinary rice did the trick.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 0.83 EUR per serving / 3.31 EUR for all)

For the meat:

4 boneless pork chops (2.13 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

For the sauce:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

2 carrots (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

Good pinch of dried red pepper flakes (0.02 EUR)

1 tsp dried basil (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp dried parsley (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp tomato paste (0.27 EUR)

2 tbsp mustard (0.13 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

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METHOD:

Trim and discard any excess fat off the pork chops. Pat-dry the pork chops with a kitchen towel, then season generously with salt and pepper. Allow them to sit for about thirty minutes at room temperature. While the pork chops are resting, wash, peel and finely dice all of the veggies.

After thirty minutes lightly sprinkle pork chops with flour on both sides. Place a deep skillet on medium-high heat to thoroughly warm up, add in the oil and sear the pork chops on both sides for a few minutes to slightly brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

To the same pan add in diced onion, garlic and carrots. Saute for about 5 to 10 minutes to lightly caramelize. Sprinkle with flour and give a good stir so all the veggies are coated. Cook for a minute or two before adding in garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, parsley, bay leaf, tomato paste and mustard. Stir everything for a few seconds and then gradually add in water, while stirring continuously. Once you have a thick bubbly sauce, return in the pork chops, turn down heat and simmer with a lid on for about 20 minutes. After twenty minutes serve the pork chops with plenty of sauce and some carbohydrates of your choice.

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Skromni svinjski kotleti, ili vam ga krmenadli, su jednostavan i lagan klasik. Ovaj ih umak čini još ukusnijima i osigurava da ostanu sočni. Njoki ili široki rezanci bi bili odličan izbor za pokupiti sav taj fini umak, ali naravno, čak je i obična riža poslužila svrsi.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 6,17 kn po porciji / 24,67 kn za sve

Za meso:

4 svinjska kotleta bez kostiju (16,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

Za umak:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

2 mrkve (1,50 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

½ žličice soli  (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

Dobar prstohvat sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,15 kn)

1 žličica sušenog bosiljka (0,50 kn)

1 žlica sušenog peršina (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

2 žlice koncentrata od rajčice (2,00 kn)

2 žlice senfa (1,00 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

PRIPREMA:

Sa kotleta odrežite i bacite višak masnoće. Posušite kotlete kuhinjskim ručnikom, pa ih dobro posolite i popaprite. Ostavite da odmaraju tridesetak minuta na sobnoj temperaturi. Za to vrijeme operite, ogulite i fino nasjeckajte svo povrće.

Nakon trideset minuta lagano pobrašnite kotlete sa obje strane. Dublju tavu stavite na srednje-jaku vatru da se dobro ugrije. Dodajte ulje, pa sa obje strane kratko popecite kotlete da dobiju zlatno-smeđu koricu. Maknite ih iz tave i stavite na stranu.

U istu tavu dodajte luk, češnjak i mrkvu. Dinstajte 5 do 10 minuta da se povrće blago karamelizira. Posipajte brašnom te dobro promiješajte da se svo povrće obloži. Kuhajte koju minutu prije nego dodate češnjak u prahu, papriku, sol, papar, čili, bosiljak, peršin, lovor, koncentrat rajčice i senf. Sve dobro promiješajte i pustite par sekundi, pa onda malo pomalo uz kontinuirano miješanje dolijevajte vodu. Kada gusti umak zavrije vratite u tavu kotlete, smanjite vatru, te krčkajte poklopljeno dvadesetak minuta. Nakon dvadesetak minuta kotlete poslužite obilno zalivene umakom i sa nekim ugljikohidratom po vašem izboru.

Saucy Pork Chops / Svinjski kotleti u umaku

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