Monday, November 14, 2011

Fall Inspired: Fried Pork Chop (Chuletas) with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I watched from my balcony a flock of birds that appears from nowhere, descends from the clear blue skies and then just as  swiftly disappears between the trees.  The trees move, shaking its glowing orange and red leaves while some brown ones fall off from the branches and swoop into the ground in a comely manner.  I'd imagine them waltzing with the light breeze with grace and poise.  Accepting these as little miracles that feed the spirit comes natural with the beauty that surrounds us.  

Like artists and designers, food bloggers  mimic the colors and the rhythm  of the season.  You see a plethora of food posts featuring the spectacular hues of fall: amber, orange, yellow and gold.  I turned my inspiration on a plate by making my childhood favorite of golden brown breaded pork chops we call Chuletas with sides of mashed sweet yams and buttered green beans.  If you grace your table with an inspired plate, the smiles and the "thumbs up" come naturally too... :) 

Happy Monday everyone!

Chuletas (Breaded Pork Chop)

4-6 pcs.  pork chops
saltt and pepper 
1 cup flour
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
cooking oil

Season  pork chops with salt and pepper.   Slightly coat  pork chops with flour.  Then dip in egg mixture.  Press pork chops in bread crumbs, patting to make a thick coating. And oh, I love making homemade bread crumbs using odds and ends of breads. Simply toast the bread, tear them into pieces, then put them in the blending jar (I/m smitten with my immersion blender-- I find it really handy and easy to clean). Then a few whirls until you achieve the perfect texture. Add herbs and spices voila it makes a lot of difference than store bought!) 

In a large skillet fry the chops in medium heat.  After five minutes or until the chops turned golden brown, turn it and fry the other side for another 4-5 minutes.  Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.

For the Mashed Sweet Yams.  Simply boil 2-3 pcs of sweet yams.  When it's soft enough, discard water and let it cool.  Peel the yams and put it on a mixing bowl.  Add a third cup of  and chicken broth and again using the immersion blender (I told you I love this gadget!) mash the yams until you've achieved your desired texture. Season with sea salt, butter (go ahead indulge!!!) and a pinch of cinnamon.   


  1. This is an incredible dish Malou! Such a pretty fall meal and perfect for when you're craving comfort food.

  2. That pork chop really looks appetizing. I will try that this weekend. I love your blog. My day is never complete without seeing checking out your site. More power to you.

  3. That porkchop really looks yummy. I love your site. Its a daily ritual for me to see what new recipe awaits me. I have tried several of your recipes and they are all very good. My favorite is arroz cubana. It reminds me of my childhool. More power to you.

  4. You're right - autumn-delicious and perfect for the season! The Italians have the exact same recipe! I just love when recipes cross cultures.

  5. Love the simplicity of this dish, Malou! So easy to prepare yet so comforting and delicious!

  6. Very easy and totally weeknight meal! I love the presentation of this plate. It's so simple but at the same time it looks so elegant! Is it the yam? Little sauce dish? Green beans? Not sure, but I really love how it looks - despite this is very comforting and easy dish you know. Thanks for inspiration!!!

  7. I love pork chops especially when crumbed. Love the sweet potato mash, too. Perfect combo, Malou.

  8. Karen: Comfort food indeed. Thanks Karen!

    Leana: You know when I read your comment last night, I felt my face turn red and my lips form a smile. So thrilled to read your comment. Blogging is sooo worth it for readers like you! Thank you!

    Claudia: There are so many similarities across cultures. What we Filipino Food bloggers would like to see though is for our food to be in the mainstream too someday. Thanks Claudia.

    Tina: Yes it's so simple isn't it? Yet it brings smiles and thumbs up into the table everytime!

    Nami: THank you. Your comment is such a compliment. So sweet of you. I love to read comments such as yours or better yet especially if it comes from you since I know how sincere you are.

    Adora:It's really a great duo. HUbs loved it! Great to see you stop by!

  9. I love sweet potatoes, and I know I will like them mashed! Thanks for sharing your pork chop recipe, G.

  10. Such a beautiful fall inspired meal, and such a lovely post! My kids love pork chops and I have not made them in such along time, lazy mom ;)

  11. Omg this looks like the perfect fall inspired dinner. The sweet potatoes looks so pretty with the perfectly fried pork. I was planning on making fried pork chops for dinner tomorrow, but I wasn't sure how to go about it. So glad I saw your post! Thanks for sharing :)


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