We were going to have a curry today until we saw how much they wanted for chicken in the supermarket. It was too much to hope for another 49p bargain, but you never know!
I know it’s April 1st, but I’m not that much of a fool, and there is no way I am paying £5 for 3 chicken breasts which are probably all water anyway and totally tasteless.
Plan B was therefore sweet and sour, so we headed over to the pork counter.
Gone are the nice ‘2 packs’ for around £1.50 unless you want something with a bone (which you are paying for to throw away) or some poorer cut of meat marbled with fat.
However, the good news was that there was a pack of 3 lean boneless loin chops for two pounds, so we decided on Plan C.
Welcome to Chops with Onion and Rosemary.
Our purchases today cost the grand sum of £3.15, this being made up of :
£2 for 3 chops (one of which will be used in a sweet and sour tomorrow),
a mixed bag of cauliflower, broccoli and carrots for £1,
and a box of stuffing mix for 15p.
I put the 2 chops in a frying pan with some water, a quartered onion, stock cube and generous shake of dried rosemary (use two large sprigs if using fresh), then covered the pan and let them cook slowly, turning occasionally.
I already had some baking potatoes so cut one (19p) into 6 and boiled it until just soft before adding the mixed veg to the saucepan.
I made up the stuffing mix as per the packet instructions, then shaped it into balls ready to fry in the pan once I’d taken the chops and stock out (kept warm in the microwave).
The rosemary brings a sweet but delicate flavour to the meat and gravy which enhances the taste of everything else.
Another nice tasty dinner for two for less than four pounds.
Hubby says I am becoming Queen of the ‘Two Pan Dinner’, as I’m still not using the oven or grill on my cooker. This meal was prepared on two burners using a saucepan and frying pan (plus a mixing bowl for stuffing mix and later gravy retention).
I’m glad to have my microwave, though if we were out on the river, we’d have no electricity hook up, so I’d have to introduce another pan to keep the chops and gravy warm whilst frying the stuffing balls.