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This wholesome family friendly dish may not exactly win any beauty contests, but I guarantee she will come up with Miss popularity every time.  It’s a simple dish . . .  there is nothing extraordinary here . . .  but it has wow flavours!

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I don’t have a lot of tasty photos to show you of this one because, in all honesty . . .  it just ain’t pretty, but this is one case where you won’t want to judge the book by it’s cover.   This is very family friendly and quite, quite delicious!

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You will also want to use a cheaper cut of pork chop, one with a bit of fat on it and some bone . . . really lean ones will dry out in the long cooking time.  The cheaper ones tend to have a lot more flavour and succulence anyways.  In any case I do hope you will enjoy this.  We had it simply with baked potatoes . . .  thick and tasty beans with a barbeque flavoured sauce, with fork tender chops and a mealy baked potato to soak up all those lovely juices!  Winner/winner/winner!

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*Pork Chops & Beans*
Serves 4

Deliciously different.  It may not be that pretty to look at, but what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in taste! 

4 thick pork chops, on the bone, fat side slashed at 1/2 inch intervals

salt and black pepper to taste

garlic powder

1 (400g) tins of baked beans (2 14-oz tins)

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 green pepper, trimmed, de-seeded and chopped

165g of tomato ketchup (3/4 cup)

100g of soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed)

1 tsp worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dried mustard powder

2 TBS cider vinegar

pinch cayenne pepper  

Preheat the oven to 180*C350*F/ gas mark 4.   

Season the chops well on both sides with salt, black pepper and garlic powder.   Brown them well on both sides in a lightly greased skillet.

When the chops are browning, combine the remaining ingredients in a large oven proof casserole with a lid.  Lay the browned chops on top of the beans.  Cover tightly and bake in the heated oven for 40 minutes.  Uncover and flip the chops over.   Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.  The chops should be very tender and lightly glazed and the beans nicely thickened.

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