Pork and Orzo

I had two pork chops leftover from the meal earlier this week. I also had some Orange marmalade. I have no clue how I got this jar, but wanted to use up a little of it. I found this recipe and thought it sounded very interesting and definitely something to try.

On the board I visit daily, Orzo is always mentioned and I have wanted to try it but have never been really sure where to find it in the grocery store. Last night Adam and I stopped and happened to walk through the bulk section they had some there. I bought about a cups worth. Then found the easiest recipe I could for Orzo.

Pork Chops (Cooks.com)
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1/4 honey
  • 1/4 orange marmalade
  • 1 t. garlic powder
Mix and marinate for about 3-4 hours. I like mine to have a little more flavor and I marinated for about 8 hours.

Bake at 350 degrees until chops are done, baste several times with remaining marinade. Bake about 1 hour.

Parmesan Orzo with Basil (Allrecipes.com)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Melt butter in heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil. Cover. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15 - 20 minutes.

Mix in Parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to shallow bowl.

Garnish with basil sprigs.

**Tips: I omitted the fresh basil, I also added a can of mushrooms when added the cheese.

Glazed Carrots (Allrecipes)

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch salt

Place carrots in a shallow saucepan, and cover with water. Boil until tender. Drain, and return carrots to pan.

Pour orange juice over carrots, and mix well. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Stir in brown sugar, butter, and salt. Heat until butter and sugar melt.

**Tips: I wanted to try a new carrot recipe, this was good but I think I would stick to my brown sugar and butter in the future.


Amber said...

Looks great. Mushrooms are a great addition to orzo. Yummmmy.

Gillian said...

mmm yummy :) I'm not a pork eater, but I could definitely sub chicken for the pork (I love marmalade!) That orzo looks delish - love mushrooms - and I make a very similar carrot thing. The sweet glaze just goes so well with the little carrots :) I bet those were good with the orange-y pork :)
Will have to try that soon! I'm getting really sick of boring brown rice! lol ;)