• Cowboy Pork Chops over BBQ Rice

    This dish offers chops smothered in seasoned mushrooms and jalapeno monteray pepper jack cheese served over bbq rice.
    This one is really delicious and can be added to in so many ways. If you like more kick, add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the mushrooms while they're cooking.

    You'll Need:

    4 Pork Chops
    2 c. cooked Rice (Hot)
    1 pkg Fresh Mushrooms (8-10oz)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    4 Slices Jalapeno Pepper Jack Cheese
    1/2 c. BBQ Sauce (whatever kind you have/like)
    1 T. Olive Oil
    Salt & Pepper

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. While the skillet is heating, season the chops with salt and pepper. Fry the chops in the oil for about 6 minutes (total), turning once. (Never turn meat more than once, it makes it tough and lets the juices drain out).

    Once the chops are browned (and fully cooked), place them on a plate. Add mushrooms to the hot skillet (that the chops were cooked in), and saute for about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic cloves, reduce heat and continue cooking for a minute. In the meantime, add the bbq sauce to the hot rice, stirring well.

    Place a slice of jalapeno pepper jack cheese on each chop, place each chop on a healthy serving of rice and top generously with garlic mushrooms.

    Serve with salad or steamed veggie of your choice. (Here I chose fresh spinach from the garden!).

    Grocery Budget101 Breakdown:

    4 (1 1/2#) chops- $2.37
    Garlic .04
    Pepper Jack Cheese .40 (Pkg of 20 slices $2.09 /20 slices = .10slice)
    BBQ Sauce .25
    Olive oil .05
    Mushrooms .99 (we actually paid .49- but typical price is .99 this time of year)
    Rice .50
    Total Meal $4.60, serves 4 = $1.15 per person

    FYI: On the pork chops, we frequently purchase pork for $1.58 pound when we purchase it seasonally & in bulk (around Memorial day and 4th of july for the BEST deals!).
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Barbara's Avatar
      Barbara -
      This is an excellent dish, easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive! The rice is also good with stir-fry if you are tired of fried rice.
    1. violetgypsie's Avatar
      violetgypsie -
      This looks good for the family. I have a meat and potatoes DH as well, and I am on a no-starch/low-carb diet - I just feel better when I eat this way. But I don't like pork and DH doesn't like mushrooms or rice LOL! So I would make him and the rest of the family this dish with fried onions instead of the mushrooms and mashed potatoes and a nice big salad. Me, I would eat some kind of leftover meat and the salad. So it can work out even if you have picky / special diet eaters in the house. Thanks for all the great ideas and recipes.
    1. SC_GAL's Avatar
      SC_GAL -
      This was a great ides but no one in my little family like mushrooms. Subbed caramelized onions & made the rice using instant brown rice instead...WHAT A HIT>>>
      Thanks for the idea...
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