A soak in buttermilk makes all the difference in these juicy chops. Adding golden cubes of sweet roasted squash and a side of green beans make this a comfort-food supper like mom used to make — but better.
Buttermilk-Brined Pork Chops
Credit: Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

Roasted Butternut Squash Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange 4 cups (1/2-inch) diced butternut squash in a single layer on pan; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Coat squash with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes; turn with a spatula. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until squash is soft and begins to brown.

Steamed green beans 


Total time: 10 minutes

1. Brine pork chops overnight.

2. While oven preheats:
• Dice squash.

3. While squash roasts:
• Cook pork chops.
• Steam green beans.

Date: Oct 2004