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Baked Pork with Goat Cheese & Pears


Baked Pork with Goat Cheese & Pears


I love pork and I have several favorite recipes. Unfortunately, no matter how tender the pork is, if it comes out of a pan on the stove, my husband does not want it. I just don’t think that he ate pork chops much as a kid. Anyways, I have discovered some methods of preparing pork in the crockpot and the oven. Here is a yummy one. 




1 lb. thinly sliced, boneless, pork loin chops
2 medium pears
4 oz. soft goat cheese
three cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. basil
½ stick butter, cut into slices
½ c. brandy



Beat out the pork slices with a meat tenderizer. The best way to do this is by placing them on a cutting board between two pieces of plastic wrap and gently pounding. Sprinkle a little water on the top sheet that you will be applying the tenderizer to. It will reduce friction and help prevent you from tearing the plastic.



When your pork slices are thin. Place about a teaspoon of goat cheese on each slice. Sprinkle with the salt, and pepper, garlic, and basil and then roll each slice up, starting at the thinnest end. Secure each roll with a toothpick, and place them in a baking dish. Wash, core and slice your pears and place the slices around the pork rolls in the baking dish. Pour the brandy over the pork and pears, and then place the slices of butter on the top. Bake in a three hundred and fifty degree oven for one hour. Enjoy!









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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

This sophisticated version of pumpkin pie is amazingly smooth & rich. It is also Gluten-Free & free of Refined Sugar. 


Ingredients:

29oz pumpkin puree - 1 lg. can
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
8oz cream cheese - softened
5 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. honey
1 c. GF flour 






Whipped cream:

1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract




Honey to drizzle on top.





Making it Happen:

Combine all of the ingredients for the pie in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined. When the batter is smooth, pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for one hour.





Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.




To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 





Plate pie with whipped cream & drizzle with honey. Enjoy!