Pork chops with tangy glaze


May 08, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Marlene Coleman of Baltimore requested a recipe that she had in the late '60s. "It was for pork chops and I believe it was called Skillet Barbecued Pork Chops. It had chopped celery and onions, some spices plus tomato sauce. I lost the recipe in moving and my family loved it."

Marcy Curtiss of Pasadena responded. "I have had it for many years, and my family always loved it. Hope it is the one Ms. Coleman is looking for. I believe the recipe was from a label on a can of Hunt's tomato sauce."

Skillet Barbecued Pork Chops

Serves 4 to 6

4 to 6 pork chops

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/3 cup chopped celery

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

two 8-ounce cans tomato sauce

In a large skillet, brown chops in oil over medium heat. Drain off excess oil or fat. Sprinkle celery, brown sugar, lemon juice and seasonings evenly over the chops. Pour tomato sauce over all. Cover. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour or until chops are tender.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The glaze on these chops has a sweet-sour tang that is irresistible. The whole family will enjoy this recipe as an interesting alternative to regular pork chops.

"While the recipe takes an hour to be ready, it is really quite simple to prepare. As the cooking time progresses, occasionally turn the pork chops with a fork so that the glaze penetrates both sides of the meat. Pair it with mashed potatoes -- the reduced glaze makes a great foil for creamy spuds."

Recipe requests

Ann Popovich of Jeannette, Pa., writes that she would like to have the recipe for a vegetable lasagna with a cream sauce and no tomatoes.

Delores Philipp of La Pine, Ore., is seeking a mashed-potato recipe that "can be frozen and has cream cheese and, I believe, sour cream in it. The recipe is delicious, and I would greatly appreciate help in finding it."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use.

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