Weekend Dinner #04 : Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop on Garlic Spinach, Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Mushrooms, Garlic Bread and Mixed Berries Parfait

I simply love this plate! It speaks of subtlety. Although the main course I chose is meat, it's well complemented with a mildly flavored pasta and bread. I've been having this menu in mind for the entire week; thinking of the different ways how the pork chop will be cooked. In the end, I opted for a kid friendly recipe. Also, I decided to rest for a while from the sinful baked goods. We still have to stick to the diet plan for my eldest tot who's really going beyond the right range of weight for his age. Hence, that explains for the healthy dessert this time around.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Swiss Brown Mushrooms

What you need:
500g spaghetti
1/2 cup of pasta water reserve
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, chopped horizontally
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 pcs swiss brown mushroom, sliced thinly
salt & pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese

How to make:
1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining. Set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute garlic until fragrant. Don't burn. Add in mushrooms and saute until tender. Add pasta water reserve. Season with salt & pepper. Add cooked pasta and basil.  Stir well.
3. Serve with parmesan cheese on top

Garlic Bread

What you need:
1 pc Baguette bread, sliced diagonally
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 - 2 tbsp chopped italian parsley
3 tbsp live oil
2 tbsp melted butter

How to make:
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Spread mixture on top of the baguette (just enough to cover the top)
3. Toast in the oven for 2 mins or until to your desired doneness for the bread.

 Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop

What you need:
6 pcs pork chop, room temp
2 eggs
parmesan cheese
bread crumbs
kosher salt or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
sunflower oil

How to make:
1. Pound the pork chop with a rolling pin until the thickness is reduced to at least half.
2. Beat eggs in a bowl. Stir in salt and pepper.
3. Dip pork chop in the egg mixture, parmesan cheese then bread crumbs. Allow to sit for a while to absorb coating.
4. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan until smoke forms. Fry the breaded pork chop 4 - 5 mins per side depending on the thickness or until it's brown.

Mixed Berries Parfait

What you need
1 pack fresh strawberries, halved
1 pack fresh blueberries
3 bananas, sliced horizontally
2 small tabs vanilla yogurt
pistachio nuts
1 tbsp sugar

How to make:
1. Add sugar into the berries. Mix well. Allow to sit for at least 10 mins to neutralize the acidity of the fruits.
2. In small serving glasses, layer the mixed berries first then add a dallop of yogurt. Add bananas and pistachio nuts then another layer of yogurt. Continue layering and end it with mixed berries on top.

note: choco bits or drops can be added for a more enjoyable texture and crunch

Having this kind of plate, makes me love weekends more. What do you think?


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