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Easy But Impressive March 8, 2016

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Today I want to share with you a couple of very easy recipes that nonetheless look quite impressive when put together, and could easily be served for a special dinner.

Let’s start with the appetizer.  This crostini is made from basic ingredients, but it still packs a ton of flavor.  I’d venture to say that you could even make it ahead of time and keep it in the freezer in case of unannounced guests.  Then all you’d need is a nice loaf of bread for the crostini!  And even if you didn’t have this pre-made, it comes together in a flash.

Walnut Pesto Crostini (from Smitten Kitchen)

1 c. toasted walnuts

1/4 c. grated Parmesan

1 clove peeled, crushed garlic

3 sprigs thyme (I didn’t have any on hand, but it was still amazing without it.)

1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. minced sun-dried tomatoes

1 loaf country bread

  1. In a food processor, coarsely grind together the walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, and thyme; season with salt.  Stir in the olive oil and tomatoes.
  2. Toast the bread with your preferred method and top with the pesto.

Walnut Pesto CrostiniWalnut Pesto Crostini 2  If only you could smell the amazingness of it!

We actually had the crostini for the second part of our Valentine’s dinner.  (The appetizer for the first part was a major flop.)  For both parts we had this next recipe for the entree: a lovely pork chop recipe.  We don’t eat pork chops very often, so it’s always a little special when we do.  This recipe was super quick and easy, but had a lot of good flavor.

Busy-Day Pork Chops (from Taste of Home)

1/4 c. milk

1/4 c. grated Parmesan

1/4 c. seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. pepper

4 4 oz. boneless pork loin chops

  1. Place the milk in a shallow bowl.  In another shallow bowl, mix together the Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.  Dip the chops in the milk, then coat with the crumb mix.
  2. Place on a greased baking sheet, spray with Pam, and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes per side or til they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

Busy-Day Pork Chops 2Busy-Day Pork Chops

Maybe soon I’ll get to share the best part of our Valentine’s dinner, the AMAZING dessert.  You’ll just have to stay tuned for it.  😉

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