Monday, July 14, 2014

Potato Crusted Pork Chop Tenders - Gluten Free

This was absolutely amazing...

 Hello, thank you and welcome to my new and revamped blog.  I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your support and encouragement as I transition away from Facebook.  It literally blows my mind that you have followed me over to my "small corner of the world"!  THANK YOU ♥

So how is the blog revamped you ask?  Well for starters, my header.  I was so proud of myself for watching those magical step by step videos and then, actually change it.  When I finished, I actually stood up, did a fist pump and said; "YES"!  You have to understand, I am NOT pc savvy.  So this was a major accomplishment for me!  It actually looks good, who knew?  My other change will be my "dishin" with my readers.  I plan on having guest posts by amazingly talented food bloggers/pages.  Share with  you new videos I plan on making, new recipes, reviews of recipes that I have been dying to try and never had enough time, and a few posts of my life.  I strongly believe in humor...
Life is too short to be miserable and sourly all the time, yes?

Okay, so on to the recipe.  I had two thick cut boneless pork chops I wanted to use for dinner.  With the economy being the way it is, I really wanted to utilize only two, and then a couple of sides would fill out the meal.  I had been thinking about this recipe for a while.  You know, when you see something and it triggers and idea?  Yes, exactly.  So I said to myself; "Didi, how about making tenders out of these babies"?  And so, this is exactly how this recipe came about.

I have to be honest with you, it was delicious.  The pork was perfectly cooked, bursting with seasoning and moist as moist can be.  While the outside was deliciously crunchy!  Ready for this very simple recipe that the entire family will love?
 Here we go;

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield: 12 tenders

2 thick cut boneless pork chops
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp sweet smokey paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
*optional* 1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes
3/4 cup instant potato flakes
Oil for frying

-Cut your pork chops vertically in half.  Cut each half into thirds.  You should have 12 tenders.  Set aside.

-Mix all your dry ingredients together and sprinkle all over the tenders.  Make sure all sides are nicely seasoned.

-Add the potato flakes to a dish and taking one tender, roll and press the potato flakes onto the tender.  I do this just with one hand.  I don't want to dirty my other one, I know... compulsions at their best!

 -Place the now potato crusted tenders on a plate, and continue with the remaining tenders till they are all coated.

 -At this point, using your favorite deep frying equipment, add your oil, bring the temperature to 375F. If you don't have a thermometer or a deep fryer with temperature control, you will know the oil is ready when you drop a potato flake into the oil and it immediately starts to sizzle.    Add 3-4 tenders to the oil, and fry till they are nicely golden on the outside. About 4-5 minutes.

 That's it, how simple right?  I know!  I served a very basic sweet mustard mayo sauce to go with it.  I could not believe, how moist and so flavorful these were!  That magical smokey paprika brought the pork to a new level let me tell you!

I rounded out the dinner with steamed greens drizzled with garlic olive oil and french fries.  Well, heck, the fryer was already working...
We all loved them, and the kids have already said they would like me to make them for their friends.  If that isn't a recipe endorser, right?  *grin* 

***Excuse the yellow glow in the pictures, it was thunder storming out, so I had to have my kitchen lights on, you know my gorgeous Tiffany, but makes everything yellow/orange lights?  Yes, those.***

Till next time!
Dishin with Didi


  1. Your post on Facebook took me by surprise, but I am glad you are going to be working more on your actual blog. Please, you need to still bring the links to Facebook to promote your posts - so any time you can bring them to my page!

    1. Thank you so very much my sweet, sweet friend!! ♥

  2. These remind me of 'city chicken' from my childhood - chunks of veal &/or pork on skewers, breaded, browned then baked. Great way to stretch a small amount of meat. Only 1 thing you need to add: outside-your-family taste testers! I volunteer!!

    1. You know you are ALWAYS welcome to taste test! Hey, I got you to eat lamb again!! *wink, wink*

  3. Facebook didn't show your post Didi and I was wondering why are you so silent, that is so no ordinary for you haha! So, I popped to your page and read your post and you are a very brave cookie I must say! You know I have been following your posts although lately as you very well indicated they were very few. I will continue to do so, you know you are my beloved soul mate on the other side of the Atlantic. Fb truly makes it harder and harder for anyone to follow. I, myself have cut back on posts because I have no time to cook, write and post about my doings. I hope this new start will be as successful as everything you have done so far! My love and hugs are with you! The pork sticks are fantastic!

    1. Thank you my friend!! ♥ FB has been unreal this past year, talk about money hungry jerks!! I figure if they won't allow anyone to see my posts, I don't need to make them anymore money either. I'm just a smidgen of a fish in these big waters, so I won't be even a bleep on their radar...
      However, I don't like the fact that they won't even ALLOW my readers to see what I'm posting, that is so WRONG, ON SO MANY LEVELS!!