Every summer, when I was growing up, my family and I would visit our relatives in Greece. There was always some sort of family gathering with lots of good food! I remember how I loved to watch my grandmother on my mom’s side make these amazing meals and how she put her heart and soul into it! (She still does) I would sit there and ask her questions and she would answer every single one in such an uncomplicated manner that I would get what she meant right away..And I still remember everything she taught me. Thanks to my grandmother and the fact that she allowed me to help out in the kitchen, I love cooking today! So, Greek food has a special place in my heart and here is one of my dishes, inspired by my love for Greek cuisine!
4 pork chops (225 g/8 oz each) (boneless,trimmed of fat)
10-12 medium-sized potatoes (peeled and cut into wedges)
3 shallots (finely chopped)
1 large bell pepper (any color) (diced)
3 cloves of garlic (grated or finely chopped)
1 large lemon (zest + juice)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1.25 dl (½ c) water
400 g (14 0z) feta cheese (crumbled)
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tsp of salt, and cook the potato wedges over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
2. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel.
3. In a skillet, cook the pork in 1 tbsp of the olive oil, a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper.
4. When the potatoes have boiled for 10 minutes, remove from heat, drain and transfer potato wedges to a baking dish or roasting pan.
5. Arrange the pork chops on top of the potatoes and scatter chopped shallots and diced bell pepper over the meat and potatoes.
6. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil,lemon zest and juice, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and water. Mix well.
7. Pour the mixture evenly over the meat and potatoes.
8. Cover with aluminum foil and punch a few holes in the top with a fork.
9. Bake in a 200 C (390 F) oven for about 20-25 minutes.
10.Remove foil and bake for 20-25 more minutes.
11.Sprinkle crumbled feta over the top (extra cheese on the pork chops) and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until feta starts to brown slightly.
(Tip: Serve with Greek salad & garlic bread.)