This dinner made me crave big family dinners.
But don’t let your imagination run wild.
We’re not planning to have any additions to our little family anytime in the near future.
And maybe it’s the fact that my sister was visiting over the weekend, but it made me want to live near family so I could have family over for dinner on a Sunday evening.
The only thing that could have made this more “family dinner” material would have been a big pitcher of sweet iced tea in the middle of the table.
Oh, and people talking over one another.
The pork chops (bone-in wasn’t available so we went with thick-cut) were seasoned with salt and pepper and then cooked on the stove top in a little bit of olive oil. Once cooked, the pan was deglazed with chicken broth and then used to make a sauce along with honey, cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard.
While the pork chops were cooking, the tomatoes were roasting in the oven with sliced red onion, thyme, and garlic. The tomatoes were later tossed with farmers market spinach for a delicious side salad. When the hot tomatoes are placed on the bed of spinach the leaves begin to wilt and it’s divine.
And for the most Southern part of the plate, Silver Dollar Corn Cakes. These were Big Guy’s favorite. Tender and a little sweet, these little cornbread cakes are studded with local corn which gives them great texture. I even think a little jalapeno would have been delicious added to the batter. The only change I made was using a gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of regular all-purpose.
The best bite was one where the corn cake had soaked up a little of the honey-glaze along with a piece of tender pork. Gotta love sweet and savory.
And even though this made me crave a big family dinner, I am so grateful for Big Guy and our little family of two dinners.