Chilebrown at home

Sunday, November 7, 2010


 I did not last very long on the 'Vegan MoFo' band wagon. The first turn the wagon took we fell off right in front of 'Dee's Meats. Dee's is my kind of butcher. He has great bacon, hams and stuffed pork chops. These stuffed pork chops were music to my meat deprived eyes. Ms. Goofy wanted some Malfatti from Val's so we drove the wagon to Napa too. I did not want to snuff 'Vegan Mofo' entirely so we had some green beans smothered in a bacon and cream sauce. This meal should stop my meat cravings for tonight.

Dee's Stuffed Pork chops come two to a package and are frozen. They are priced reasonably at 4.89/pound. This sandwich of pork is stuffed with  bread stuffing and pork sausage. This 'pork on pork' mixture cannot be easier to prepare. I first rendered some bacon fat from some home made bacon. We are just looking for the bacon fat today, so you can dispose of the cooked bacon any way you see fit. Our left over bacon went in to our creamed bean dish. A couple of tablespoons of bacon fat is heated in a cast iron pan. The oven is being preheated to 375 degrees. The pork chop was seasoned with salt & pepper on both sides. It was then browned on one side for 7 minutes. It was flipped over and put in the oven for another 10 minutes. The aroma that wafted from the oven could stop a charging Mad Meat Genius right in his tracts unless if was half time and Ms. Goofy was on strike for beer retrieval duties.

Malfatti is one of Ms. Goofy's favorite pasta dishes. This is a spinach and flour pasta like creation covered in a tomato sauce  that is comforting and very filling. There is a small store in Napa that has an evener smaller kitchen in back that Clemente Citonni turns out these Italian treats daily. Clemente also makes many other pasta's, soups, and Italian dishes that are all sold to go. We brought ours home and put a pot of water on to boil. These pasta pillows covered in sauce and cheese will go well with any dish and particularly stuffed pork chops.

Some Organic green beans were baked with cream, bacon and Parmesan cheese. This would be the anchor for our falling off the wagon meal. Oh what a meal it was. It is just what our Dr. Biggles would have ordered.


Chris said...

I've never heard of malfatti before but now I have to figure out where to get some because it sounds fantastic.

Chilebrown said...

Chris, I would guess you could find a recipe fairly easy. Flour, salt spinach and form into shape. Simmer until firm and top off with your favorite tomato sauce. I think I may try to make some myself.

Anonymous said...

That looks like an amazing meal... I feel full just looking at it! The malfatti sound like a dumpling, but lighter than gnocchi? Never had then, but like Chris I now have to find some...

Chilebrown said...

Zia, Malfatti is Ms. Goofy's favorite. They are filling. When you come over for dinner we will make some.