Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Korean Pork with Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms

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There's always one night when John is home that the two of us are so relaxed, we have no idea what we're going to have for dinner. Usually the first night he comes home, I make a special meal but then by about night # 3, I'm ready to make something quick and easy and since we were probably out all day and didn't eat much, I'm STARVING and want dinner NOW!

That's about how it was for this meal.  I got pork super cheap this week; even though it's not John's favorite, I had it sitting in the fridge, waiting to be used.  By the time we got home, I was tired and cranky (yeah, I can admit it).  This pork dish came together so fast.  I didn't even let it marinate, I just threw it all together, threw it on the grill, and within 20 minutes, dinner was served (hey, my kind of dinner). 

Korean Pork with Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms
Serves:  4
4 pork chops (about 1 pound)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 white onion, cut into thin slices
1/2 cup mushrooms

Combine the garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil until well-combined.  Brush over pork chops and place the pork chops on a medium-hot grill.  Flip after five minutes, basting with soy sauce mixture once.  Brush with sauce again before serving.  Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of oil in a skillet.  Add onions and mushrooms.  Cook about 5-8 minutes, until onion is translucent and mushrooms are browned.  Serve the onions and mushrooms with rice and place pork over it.  Place additional sauce on the side for rice and dipping (if desired).

John couldn't get enough of the sauce and kept drizzling it over every bite!  Since I had extra, and hadn't put it on the uncooked meat, it seemed good for me!  That's why I suggest brushing it over the pork but not marinating it.  That way, if your family loves the sauce, you can add some as you eat!  I found it delicious in rice.  Another variation is to put a little cola soda in it.  I didn't have any so omitted it but about 2-3 tablespoons will give it a really interesting flavor!

Check back for Friday's easy game-day recipe!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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