Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pork Chops a Les Herbs de Provence

We don't sell it, but you can make it with Watkins products!
I was pleasantly surprised recently when a customer called and asked if Watkins had Les Herbs de Provence. "What is that?" I wondered. I looked online, and it is a mixture of aromatic plants native to the Provence region of southern France. It includes rosemary, marjoram, basil, bay leaf, thyme and lavender flowers. Some mixtures contain tarragon. It is mostly used to flavor grilled foods such as fish and meat, as well as vegetable stews. The mixture can be added to foods before or during cooking or mixed with cooking oil prior to cooking so as to infuse the flavor into the cooked food. Watkins has all the ingredients except for the lavender flowers, which I got at Whole Foods.
I mixed up 1 tablespoon of Watkins Organic Rosemary, Watkins Marjoram, Watkins Organic Basil, Watkins Bay Leaf (chop a couple of them up), Watkins Organic Thyme, and lavender flowers.
If you later find that is too much lavender, add less next time. Lavender is what gives this mixture its sweetness.

Then flop your pork chops in a beaten egg and coat them. Then coat them in a flour mixture made with two cups flour, Watkins Organic Paprika, some of the Herbs de Provence, salt, pepper. Saute the chops in butter until the coating sticks nicely. Put them in an oven proof glass cooking dish and place a slice of one onion on each chop. Then cover them in orange juice and bake covered one hour at 350 degrees. Enjoy with rice. The sauce is great. God bless you. Susan Fox

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