Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pork Chops with Pineapple & BBQ Baked Beans

Dinner started out to be a new roast chicken recipe I saw.  I had my face all fixed for it, just imagining the wonderful honey and herb glaze....ymmmm....  And then, when I went to add the broth to the (hot) glass roasting dish, the glass shattered.  Right there, right in front of me, all over the oven, broth and fat dripping and sizzling and dancing down the sides of the oven and into the drawer below.  We won't talk about the little bits of purple Pyrex glass that went everywhere.Or the five cats who suddenly appeared and wanted to be a part of the excitement.

Ole Sweetie-Pi came to the rescue.  He sopped up the oven, vacuumed up all the glass he could find, and the next day took the oven apart  (after everything and everyone had cooled down) and cleaned it and the drawer and all the cookie sheets and trays stored below.  Nary a negative word was spoken.  That's how he got his name, Ole Sweetie-Pi.

Sigh..... Dinner Plan B went into effect.  Pizza. Out.

Refusing to be undone, the next night I decided to try baked pork chops.   This was a last minute decision as I had planned on leftover chicken, searched the internet for an easy pork chop recipe and found this delightful recipe using ingredients I had on hand. 

The verdict?  I think this has Mom's easy weeknight family  meal written all over it. This is hearty, slightly sweet from the pineapple, slightly spicy from the barbecue sauce and onion. The pork chops, while tender, did not absorb the flavors of the other ingredients, so perhaps baking them with the gussied up beans is more for a sense of dressing them up than for flavor.

We liked this.  I'll make it again.  After all, who am I to disagree with Mom.

Pork Chops with Pineapple and BBQ Baked Beans

1 onion, chopped1 tablespoon oil or butter or combination of the two
1 can baked beans (21-22 oz.)

4 to 6 pork chops

Good shake of garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup barbecue sauce


Preheat oven to 375*F. Have ready a 12" x 8" pan or size appropriate to hold the number of chops you are baking.

In a frying pan (that will eventually be used to brown the pork chops) add the oil and saute the onions until they are a nice golden brown. Remove from pan and add to the mix into the beans. Spread the beans in the bottom of the baking dish.

Salt and pepper the chops and sprinkle with garlic. Add the pork chops in a single layer in the frying pan and brown chops on both sides but do not cook through. Layer chops in single layer on top of beans.

In a small bowl combine the drained, crushed pineapple and the barbecue sauce. Pour over pork chops and bean layers. 



Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly and brown.  Serves 4-6.

45 comments:

  1. Katy - PLEASE tell me you weren't trying the roast chicken recipe I just posted. I hope not because if so, I will feel terrible! What a mess! I feel awful for you. I'm glad that the next night's dinner worked out much better!

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  2. Okay....I won't tell you...grins....I will be trying it again.

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  3. The pork chop recipe sounds good. Can't wait to see the retry on the chicken recipe too. So sorry to hear about the dinner disaster! I hate when things like that happen. Glad you have you Ole Sweetie-Pi to help you make things all better :-)

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  4. That's a lovely meal. I like it.

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  5. now I have a fear of baking dishes... and a fear of the clean up involved (guess which is worse)...

    Getting ready to make a blackened pork chop with a pineapple glaze tonight... hope mine works as well as yours

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  6. Sorry about the dish break on you like that. At least you didn't have to clean it up.:D The porkchop recipe sounds great. The pineapple glaze is a winner. Have a great rest of the week and thx for sharing.

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  7. So sorry about your the cleanup you guys had to do with the dish breaking. I never had that happen before but I am still fairly new to cooking. Atleast you found another recipe that seems quite tasty and only uses a few ingredients. That sounds like my kind of recipe.

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  8. I'm chuckling at 'after everything and everyone cooled down'..
    Glad to hear you will try again katy..I can tell nothing keeps you down!!
    The pork chops look wonderful..yum yum!

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  9. Well helllo old friend...I've been very neglectful of you as of late, haven't I? *blushes*

    Sorry about your kitchen disaster but your pork chops sound yummy. I'll have to give them a try!

    Would you believe that I have yet to try a date? I know! Where have I been?

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  10. i dont eat pork but sounds gr8 with my fav pineapples and baked beans...looks delish.

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  11. Oh My God,thats lousy to happen but am glad at the end u sure had some delicious dinner to end with....

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  12. Whoa I can't believe the pan shattered! Isn't Pyrex supposed to withstand heat?!?!? I'm amazed.

    At least the pork recipe came off alright...better than alright actually - it looks fantastic!

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  13. That sure looks good Kati. X.

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  14. Joanne, I think the pan is probably just old; I've had it for a looong time and I probably just needed to retire it. I have another one just like it which I am going to recycle to the bin. Gives me a good excuse to buy new pans, grins. Love going to the baking store!

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  15. OH Katy what a mess! That sounds like something that would happen to me. Your pork chops sound wonderful. I love baked beans with pork chops, so why haven't I thought to put them together before.

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  16. I'm impressed that you were able to calmly tell the story. I would have gotten hot under the collar about it again.

    Your Ol' Sweetie Pie was a sweetie to help clean all that up. :)
    ~ingrid

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  17. I think your plan B meal worked out really nicely. Sorry that the first idea did not quite work out. I really like the idea of pork chops, pineapples and beans. That sounds appealing to me. No doubt it would fill your belly to satisied.

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  18. I've heard of baking dishes doing this before..glad you were ok Katy and that sweetie pie was such good help! :)

    I'm loving this dish with the pineapple and pork chops-they're just made for each other!

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  19. I have a love-hate relationship with pyrex! I am terrified of the shatter component! I think your plan b was perfect. Pizzas one of my favs. The pork chops sound delish too!

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  20. Sounds delicious and flavourful...

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  21. Your kitchen disaster sounds a lot like one I had a few years ago. I'm glad you had Ole Sweetie Pie there to be helpful and supportive.
    The pork chops sound like a great weeknight dish. Yum!

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  22. I've had a shattering experience once also. What a mess that can be. So glad you had Sweetie Pi to help clean up. You are a trooper though not to let it deter you. Always goodness coming from your kitchen.

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  23. It is so frustrating when you break a glass dish, pan, etc....oh what a mess that involves! Katy, I am always looking for a good pork chop recipe. This sounds so good with the pineapple and BBQ sauce. I am going to try this. I think we would all love that in my house. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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  24. so sorry about the first dinner disaster, oh dear! But the pork chops look super delicious! I love the addition of pineapple!

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  25. This is delicious, love the generous sauce over the pork chop.

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  26. It's so nice that Ole Sweetie Pie came to the rescue. Not only is he your toughest food critic but he heads the disaster relief committee!
    The pork chops look great.
    Mimi

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  27. This sounds like a wonderful family meal. I'm sorry about the fiasco with the pyrex pan. I've had problems with them occasionally as well. I now use them only when I have to.

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  28. Baked beans are one of my favorites! Looks great!

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  29. It's a meal fit for a cowboy! Sure does look good! I like the the idea of pineapple with the pork chops, sounds yummy!

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  30. Oh my, that totally sounds like something that would happen here! What a mess! Pizza out sounds like the only alternative after that! The pork looks great, never seen it prepared that way :)

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  31. Oh no! I can't believe it! I'd have fallen on the floor and cried and husband would have had to work around my prone body. But I'm not even sure that I have one at home as helpful and forgiving as ole sweetie pie! Lucky you!

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  32. oooooooooooh. I have such a similar experience. Grin. Oh well, like you said, you'll try again. I love the easy pork chop recipe and it looks soo very good. A 'one dish' meal, the very best kind.!!BTW....the word verification for me is silyune...sillyone? Grin

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  33. Oh no. I have had this happen. What a mess and a disappointment!

    When a door closes, a window opens, right? At least the mishap led you to this pork chop recipe. I think that it sounds delicious and I love that it's so easy. I'd have to scrape the beans off for the picky kiddos, but I'm used to last minute dinner alterations. : )

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  34. what a shock that must have been. you never expect to have those kinds of adventures in the kitchen! i had a friend that had a glass dish explode on her too, crazy!

    this dish looks awesome, i love the baked beans and pineapple. great combo!

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  35. oh my, I can't believe that happened! i can just picture the mess. what an amazing husband you have. can't wait to see the chicken recipe, but this porkchop recipe looks delicious!

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  36. What a terrible thing to have happen! Glass dishes have 'cracked' on me before but never in pieces. Ole sweetie pie is a good guy. And your pork chops look very tasty! I like the flavors!

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  37. I hate trying to clean up little bits of glass. What a mess! Sorry about that. Your pork chop recipe looks like one my family would really enjoy!

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  38. What a mess. But Ol' Sweetie Pie sounds like an amazing man. Sounds a lot like my father, calm, cool, and collect. My hubby on the other hand, would have said some choice words. Me? I would have called the pizza man too! ;)
    Pork chops sound delcious and pretty darn pantry friendly!

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  39. This sounds so comforting and tasty! Glad to hear everything turned out in the end with this recipe, Katy :) xx

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  40. OOOO these are my kind of pork chops!

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  41. Sounds very good Katy.

    I love that your husband was so sweet about it all. How refreshing!

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  42. Good Ole Sweety-Pie. What a great guy he must be to just jump in and help. Good to know you're OK - it could have been really bad, not just really messy!

    Also wanted to let you know your date bars were a big hit at our house this week end. Loved them! I'm making them again tomorrow for my daughter to take to work. Thank you.
    Susan

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  43. Oh wow! I would have never thought of this combination but it sounds fantastic! I love baked beans, and adding pork and pineapple - yumm!

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