With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Rosemary Wreath and Rosemary Parmesan~Crusted Pork Chop Dinner

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rosemary Wreath and Rosemary Parmesan~Crusted Pork Chop Dinner

I've got another wreath idea to share with you.
This one is not just decorative but also useful in the kitchen
A wreath made of Rosemary sprigs is both aromatic and handy to snip and add in meal preparation.
For the base of the wreath I looked for a small circle.  I found a package of four, five-inch metal circles in the leather supply section of the craft store.You could use a heavy wire and make the circle yourself.
After cutting the rosemary into 5-6-inch pieces, I wired several of them into a bundle. 
It took six bundles to go around and fill out this 5-inch wire circle.
That's all there is to it.
It smells wonderful too!
My Rosemary was a windowsill-size gift from a friend.  I kept it indoors for a year and then planted it outside in a pot.  It grew and I transplanted it into a raised bed herb garden two years ago.

Rosemary is an aromatic, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves. The leaves are used as a flavoring in foods such as stuffing, pork, chicken and turkey. It is native to the Mediterranean region. The name "rosemary" derives from the Latin for "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea".  Rosemary is reasonably hardy in cool climates and it can withstand droughts.  I live in zone 6b and my rosemary has no problem wintering over. It is easy to grow and pest-resistant and can be grown in pots. Be sure it has good drainage and a sunny location.
Parmesan & Rosemary Crusted~Pork Chops
adapted from Giada recipe

Ingredients
1 large egg
1/2 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2-1 tsp. snipped rosemary
3 (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick) center-cut pork chops
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk the egg in a pie plate to blend.  Combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and the rosemary in another plate. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper.  Dip the pork chops in the egg and then into the cheese/bread crumb mixture, coating completely, patting to adhere.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side. Add additional oil as needed when cooking second side.  (My chops browned quickly, so I covered pan with lid, leaving slightly ajar and cooked for less time until just cooked through keeping them nice and juicy).  I served with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.

sharing at
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18 comments:

Анатолий said...

Прекрасно!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your wreath turned out beautiful! My plant is huge too, this would be a fun project to preserve some of it. What can I say about the pork chop but... ya gotta love the pig:@)

podso said...

I'm enjoying all your wreaths as I'm looking for ideas for our mentor group. And your meal looks so delicious!

janice15 said...

I love love Rosemary and not everyone does.. I have a huge bush in the garden .. a Rosemary wreath would be great.. pork chops look good to.. thank for sharing with love Janice

Debbie Petras said...

I want to come to your house for dinner! :) Everything always looks so appetizing Lorraine. I'm sure you are a lovely hostess too. And I love rosemary.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Pondside said...

Thank you for this! I have three Rosemary plants and they all did well this year. I like to have herbs drying in the kitchen and this would be a novel way of doing it.

NanaDiana said...

I ALMOST picked up some pork chops at the grocers this morning. Now I am sorry I didn't. Can't wait to try this. Your wreath is just darling!!!! xo Diana

EMMA said...

what a clever idea.
As ever your cooking looks fantastic!

Ann said...

I want to grow rosemary just so I can make one of those cute little wreaths. I love that. The pork chops look delicious too

nancycreative.com said...

What a pretty wreath! I love the smell of rosemary!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of This and That said...

Oooh ... I love it!

Just a little something from Judy said...

The green against the white in your kitchen, looks so pretty! The fact that it looks good and is useful too, is a win/win situation. Thanks for once again sharing your creative mind's ideas with us.

dentistvschef said...

Damn i love perfectly seared porkchops...
i'm jealous with your garden my friend!
20 gr of dried rosemarry cost me about 3 USD here in Indonesia...

Jacqueline said...

I just posted a recipe for rosemary skewers that is fabulous. You have so much rosemary you could easily try it.

I am in love with your wreath. I always just cut it and tie it together as it doesn't winter over here but this is so much cuter.

The pork chops sounds fabulous. Rosemary is one of my favorites!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Your herb garden is looking so lovely. Rosemary was the mother of a good friend of mine in New Orleans. She passed away many years ago and I remember cross-stitching some rosemary for my friend since it is also signifies remembrance. :) Hope you are having a wonderful week. Tammy

corners of my life said...

Gotta love that versatile rosemary . . .

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Hubby asked for pork chops tonight, this will be the recipe! Thank you for posting.

marie said...

Such a sweet Rosemary wreath...now I know what to do with some of the Rosemary growing in my yard. I'll also be using some of it to try out this yummy recipe. One look at that photo had my mouth watering!

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