Retro Pork Chops, Spanish Rice with Peas & Potatoes
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Pork Chops, Spanish Rice with Peas & Potatoes was one of our family favorites, and one of my mother's no fail go to dinners. Quick and inexpensive, the rice is a nice twist on traditional Spanish rice. The rice, peas and potatoes can be prepared on it's own and served as a side dish.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 4 - one inch thick pork loin chops, bone in or boneless
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1½ cups white rice, plain, Jasmine or Basamati, uncooked
  • 3 cups chicken stock or water
  • ½ 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Heat 1½ Tablespoon oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork chops with salt & pepper. Sear the chops on both sides, until the meat is golden brown & delicious on the outside, but not quite done on the inside. Put the chops aside, and prepare the rice.
  2. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ Tablespoon oil. Add the chopped onion. Stir the onion around the pan while scrapping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Just a minute or two.
  3. Add the rice. Stir until the grains are evenly coated with oil, Another minute or two.
  4. Add the chicken stock or water to the pan. It may steam up, so be careful.
  5. Add the tomato sauce.
  6. Again stir and scrap the bottom of the pan to bring up the golden brown flavorful bits from browning the pork chops.
  7. Add the oregano, salt & pepper.
  8. Add the potatoes and frozen peas. Swirl around until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Bring to a gentle simmer.
  9. Return the pork chops to the pan. Reduce heat, so the mixture can gently simmer rather than boil.
  10. Cover the pan. Cook for another 15-20 minutes, until the pork is done, and the rice has absorbed all the liquid.
I'm a fan of garlic pepper to season almost everything I brown or sear. You may, too, or add a crushed clove of garlic to the onions and rice just before adding the liquid.

You can substitute chicken for pork chops. Or you can make the rice recipe on it's own and serve with another entree.
Recipe by At Mimi's Table at