Friday, August 4, 2017

Southwestern Pork Loin Chops & Jack Cheese Eggs

     Southwestern Style Pork Chops & Eggs!
     Pork Chops & Eggs is a popular breakfast in the American south and at old fashioned big city diners east of the Mississippi.  Out west, Pork Chops & Eggs is usually only found on the menu at down home style diners and Soul Food restaurants.  
     While living in Las Vegas I had Pork Chops & Eggs at a local diner, but the meal was really nothing to write home about.  Everything on the plate was bland enough to be served at a hospital.  That dull dining experience inspired thoughts of how good a Southwestern style Pork Chops & Eggs breakfast would taste.  Southwestern Spice Grilled Pork Chops with Jack Cheese Eggs sure would have been a better representation of the local cuisine.  
     Most of my professional cooking has been done at restaurants in or near National Parks in the Southwest the last few years.  It seems like these remote locations are just about the only places where traditional Southwestern style food is still served in an old west atmosphere.  Tourists genuinely want to experience old fashioned Southwestern food in an old west atmosphere, just like many American visitors do.  There is something about a hearty plate of Southwestern style breakfast food that just makes a person want to go out and enjoy a day in the great outdoors.  
     Mild Southwestern Spice Mix:
     This recipe yields about 1 1/2 tablespoons.  (Enough for 4 small pork chops.)
     This Southwester Spice Mix is on the mild tasting and it is not spicy hot.  Those who prefer spicy hot food in the morning know what to do.  Grab a bottle of hot sauce!
     Step 1:  Place 1 teaspoon of cumin powder in a small mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of coriander.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground anatto.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Mild New Mexico Chile Powder.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Ground Ancho Chile. 
     Add 2 pinches of rubbed Mexican Oregano.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of Spanish Paprika.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.
     Step 2:  Mix the ingredients together.
     Place the Mild Southwestern Spice Mix in a container.
     Store until it is needed. 

     Southwestern Spice Pork Chops:
     This recipe yields 1 portion.  (8 to 10 ounces)
     Breakfast pork chops are usually cooked on a griddle or in a skillet.
     Pork Loin Chops for breakfast can have the bone attached or they can be served boneless.  If the bone is attached, add another couple of ounces to the weight.   
     Step 1:  Select 2 pork loin chops that weigh 4 to 5 ounces apiece. 
     Dust the chops with a few pinches of the Mild Southwester Spice Mix.
     Rub the spice mix onto the pork chop meat.
     Set the seasoned chops aside for 10 minutes, so the spice flavors penetrate the meat. 
     Step 2:  Heat a cast iron griddle over medium heat.
     Spread 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil on the griddle.
     Place the spiced pork chops on the griddle.
     Grill the pork chops on both sides, till they are fully cooked and brown highlights appear.
     Step 3:  Place the pork chops on a wire screen roasting rack over a drip pan.
     Keep the Southwestern Spice Pork Chops warm on a stove top.
     Southwestern Pork Loin Chops & Jack Cheese Eggs:
     This recipe yields 1 hearty entrée.
     Step 1:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of unsalted butter.
     Add 2 whisked large eggs.
     Scramble and cook the eggs, till they are only halfway cooked and still runny.
     Step 2:  Add 1/4 cup of small chopped Monterey Jack Cheese.
     Scramble till the eggs are fully cooked and the cheese starts to melt.
     *Jack Cheese easily melts.  The carryover heat from the eggs will finish melting the cheese.
     Step 3:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Place the Jack Cheese Eggs on the back half of a plate.
     Place 1 portion of a breakfast potato of your choice on the back half of the plate.
     *Grilled Potato Sticks are the potato in the photos.
     Overlap the Southwestern Pork Chops on the front half of the plate.
     Garnish the plate with a cilantro sprig or curly leaf parsley sprig.

     Viola!  An easy to make hearty Southwestern style Pork Chop & Cheese Eggs breakfast that tastes great!  

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