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Pan Seared & Oven Roasted Barbecue Pork Chops with Loaded Baked Potato Salad
I’m a meat eater! Always have been and always will be. My husband gives me a hard time because my idea of a good meal involves a meat and potato! Going out to eat at a restaurant is so stinking expensive too! I don’t know about you but our financial “tight times” are around the 1st and 15th of the month. Now that we have 2 small children, we can’t afford to eat out anymore and it isn’t as much fun as it was when we were in our “honeymoon” phase. The last time we went out to eat we ended up taking turns walking outside with the kids while the other one of us ate as quick as we could because our kids were screaming and wouldn’t sit still. It was so embarrassing! It was only about 7pm but I guess we had worn both of our babies out and it was time for bed right that minute! It was awful! That’s why I’m all about making Budget friendly meals and saving money by cooking at home! When we cook at home it always turns out so much better than if we ate out.
You probably don’t know this about me but I have a total “thing” for barbecue sauce. I love it! Could eat it on everything! My husband doesn’t understand and he thinks it’s a little bit weird. When I told him that I was going to make “Barbecue” Pork Chops he thought I meant on the actual BBQ Grill. Oh no honey… I meant “Barbecue” as in a saucy good way. He knows not to fight about it. This hungry mama isn’t playing around and likes it the way she likes it 😉
After I decided what we were having for our meat and potato dinner we were off to Walmart. We picked up a package of pork chops and a bag of potatoes. I also needed Kraft Mayo, Miracle Whip, and Kraft Velveeta Shredded Cheese. They were all on Rollback right now so I saved even more $$$! We were able to make this dinner for our family for $20 or less shopping at Walmart! Gotta love it!
Everything came together so nicely! Even my big old eye rolling hubby was pleasantly surprised. I really don’t know why he doubts me. He said he liked the way I fixed these pork chops in Kraft barbecue sauce too! Score another victory for this saucy loving girl!
I will tell you one thing before we get to the recipe. This Loaded Baked Potato Salad is very addicting! You will want to eat it… as in the whole bowl. Not just what’s on your plate. I didn’t even know if I was going to make it to the pork chops because the potato salad was so good!
Pan Seared Barbecue Pork Chops with Loaded Baked Potato Salad
- 1 package of pork chops
- 1 bottle of Kraft original Barbecue sauce
- 8 idaho potatoes
- 1 1/4 cup Kraft Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Miracle Whip
- 1 cup Velveeta Shredded Cheese
- 6-8 green onions chopped
- 5 strips of cooked bacon crumbled
- salt & pepper to taste
- olive oil
- Optional Ingredients: sour cream & hard boiled eggs for your potato salad
- Pork Chops: In a large skillet heat up a little bit of olive oil over medium heat. Brush barbecue sauce on your pork chops. Add to the skillet and brown on all sides. Transfer to a baking dish and roast until the pork chops are cooked through and register 140°F to 145°F in the thickest part of the meat with a thermometer. Cooking time will be 6 to 10 minutes at 400° and depending on the thickness of the chops, how cool they were at the start of cooking and if you preheated your oven completely will depend on how long you cook them.
- Loaded Baked Potato Salad: Using cooled left over Baked Potato's works best for this recipe but you can also cook them in a pot of water on the stove for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Some people leave the skins on, I take them off. Once your potatoes are cooked let them cool completely. Mine took about 30 minutes before they were ready to be added to my mixture.
- Add your mayo, miracle whip, shredded cheese, chopped onions, salt & pepper to your potatoes. Mix together and use a potato masher to break up large chunks of potatoes.
- Taste your potato salad and see if you need to add a little bit more salt and pepper.
- When you're ready to serve this to your guests then add your bacon to the top of the potato salad. If you add it sooner and mix it in it won't be good for long. It will turn mushy and will appear uncooked.
- If this sits in the refrigerator for any amount of time you'll want to add a little bit of additional mayonnaise before re-serving since it will dry out just a bit.
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