Road trip day three, aka Pork Chops, Tortilla Chips, and Queso.

On the last full day in Hattiesburg.

So, sometimes you accompany your friend to the roller skating rink in Petal, Mississippi, for church family $1 skate night. Only sometimes none of the church families show up and the two of you decide not to stay and skate with the townie middle schoolers. On the way home, the two of you pass by a local taco/burrito establishment and decide to pick up some chips and queso on the way home to make dinner. While in said establishment you also decide you need some salsa. The employees decide that the appropriate amount of chips to accompany the order of queso and salsa ought to feed a family reunion. You get charged enough to feed a family reunion. It’s a good thing the chips and dips are so damn good, or you’d stew all evening over the pricetag. (And the refusal of the employees to laugh at your friend’s and your hilarity.)  “What in the world are we going to do with all these chips?” you and your friend ask.

Here is what you do:

1-1 ½ cups tortilla chips, crushed into small pieces
½ tablespoons curry powder
½-1 teaspoon cumin
¼-½ cups shredded cheese (we used Italian blend, whatever is fine, I’m sure)
salt to taste
1 egg
1 healthy dash Worcestershire sauce
1 small dash sesame oil
minced garlic, to taste
4 porkchops

1, Heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Combine chip crumbs, curry, cumin, salt, and cheese in large bowl.
3. Mix together egg, Worcestershire, sesame oil and garlic in another large bowl, with a fork.
4. Coat each porckchop with the egg mixture until well coated.
5. Press each porkchop into the tortilla chip mixture on each side until well coated.
6. Place porkchops into coated baking dish. Bake until done – about 25-30 minutes.

After you eat the porkchops, which will be delicious but difficult to finish because you ate so much of the chips, queso and salsa, you watch lots of HGTV and judge people’s ability to make decisions, and feel sad that wives on these house-buying shows make all women look bad.


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