Pork roast and mashed potatoes with rich dark brown gravy. MMMMM. Sunday dinner at its finest. BUT what if you top that roast with a blueberry sauce? Yes, please. That was our Sunday dinner yesterday. Though the pork roast was a little on the dry side (maybe from being in the oven too long, I’m thinking), the blueberry sauce compensated nicely!
For the roast, I simply seasoned it with salt and pepper, then browned it in a little oil. I place it in a roasting pan and added about a cup of chicken broth. Cook low and slow.
Blueberry Sauce – (From Taste of Home) They served this with pork chops, but it was great with the roast, and they also suggest using this on chicken. I don’t think you could go wrong serving this on anything!
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
- In a small bowl, combine the garlic, pepper, salt and cayenne; sprinkle over pork.
- In a large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray, brown pork chops. Bake, uncovered at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Remove pork and keep warm.
- In the same skillet, add the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 8 minutes. Serve with pork. Yield: 4 servings.
Later in the day, we had a Sunday school fellowship and I signed up to bring a side dish. I made this Mexican Cornbread Salad from Southern Living. We love this salad, and this has a Mexican flair. You could tone down any heat by just using regular cornbread (which I did). I’d also suggest you mix the salad ingredients just before serving. This is how it is usually served so that the cornbread isn’t dry. It makes a pretty salad, and tastes just as good as it looks!
- 1 (6-ounce) package Mexican cornbread mix
- 1 (1-ounce) envelope buttermilk Ranch salad dressing mix
- 1 small head romaine lettuce, shredded
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- rinsed and drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
- 1 (8-ounce) package shredded Mexican four-cheese blend
- 6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
- 5 green onions, chopped
Prepare salad dressing according to package directions.
Layer a large bowl with half each of cornbread, lettuce, and next 6 ingredients; spoon half of dressing evenly over top. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients and dressing. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.