Retro Me: Souper Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes for #SundaySupper

Somethings should never be cool again.  Take for example, having a weight bench on your back porch.  Ok, maybe that was never cool to begin with.

Jamie Rippy as Child

Aren’t I the definition of cuteness?

I had chunky thighs even in 1984.  Something will never change.

I remember that time in my life.  I remember more of it that I’d like to think my daughter will remember of hers.  I could always be wrong.  A lot of my memories actually surround food.  It held an important place in my life even then.  Mayonnaise sandwiches, melting mozzarella cheese on Styrofoam plates in the microwave (I was thinking about this today and it probably explains a lot) and yummy stuff out of a can.  I remember eating Spaghetti-O’s right out of the can.  Chef Boyardee was also a favorite.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, lit a candle to the pork chops my grandma used to make using Campbell’s Alphabet Soup.  Retro food led my mind straight to them.  Lucky for me, it couldn’t be easier to make them.  We used to eat them with boxed mashed potatoes or sometimes rice.  Just thinking about them takes me back to her dining room.

I rarely make boxed potatoes around here (I’m not going to lie, there are some in my pantry) and I knew I wanted something with a little more flavor than plain white rice, so I dressed up my retro chops with Dill and Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes.  The potatoes creamy texture goes well with the pork and the flavors are a nice complement to the veggies in the soup sauce.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t turn these down with a heaping spoon full of boxed Idaho potatoes either.

You can find the recipe for both the pork chops and the potatoes below.

Souper Pork Chops

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Souper Pork Chops
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 Bone-In Center Cut Pork Chops
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Family Size Can Campbell’s Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
  • ¾ Cup Fat-Free Half and Half
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, add 1 Tablespoon of oil.
  2. Brown the pork chops (3-4 at a time) on both sides over medium heat. Once each batch is browned, remove them from the pan.
  3. Once all pork chops are browned on both sides and removed from the pan, add the Half and Half and soup to the pan. Mix well.
  4. Return the pork chops to the pan.
  5. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until the pork chops are cooked through (5 – 10 minutes).
Dill and Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 5 lbs Red Potatoes
  • 1 oz Block Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
  • ½ Cup Fat-Free Half and Half
  • 5 Tablespoons Chopped Dill
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and scrub the dirt from the potatoes.
  2. Chop the potatoes into 1 inch cubes. You can remove the skin, but I prefer to leave it on.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large stock pot and cover with water. Boil until the potatoes are tender (15-20 minutes).
  4. Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot.
  5. Add the cream cheese and Half and Half.
  6. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher, or you can go in with an immersion blender for extra creamy potatoes.
  7. Fold in the dill and add salt and pepper to taste.
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48 Responses to Retro Me: Souper Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes for #SundaySupper

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  6. So cute!
    Pork chops and dill and cream cheese mashed potatoes sounds already like my daddies favorite. =)

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  12. Those pork chops sound so easy and yummy!

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  14. Yay for your grandmother! This looks outstanding!

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  18. Katie says:

    Loving the photo of you!

    Pork chops are always classic – love your version!

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  21. Sarah says:

    I can’t help but feel I missed out on a lot of weird and wonderful retro meals growing up! My mom never made the classics!

  22. Tara says:

    I haven’t thought of this forever but my mom or grandma would make this all the time. Thanks for bringing back memories!!

  23. I have a pouch of instant potatoes in my cupboard too! That + a bag of frozen corn kernels = no-brainer sides on a busy worknight when I don’t feel like cooking! Your chops remind me of my Mom’s…she would bake them in cream of mushroom soup, and we’d eat it over rice.

  24. Love the picture. Great recipe, sounds wonderful!

  25. Hezzi-D says:

    These sound “souper” easy and tasty.

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  27. Jamie, you ARE SO CUTE! I love that picture so much.
    And what’s even more, is that those pork chops sound simply divine. I love how easy they are and am thinking they need to make an appearance at our family table some time really soon!

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  29. Such a cutie! And for some reason, retro recipes does make me think of recipes that use canned soup :-) I am not usually a mashed potatoes girl, but these sound wonderful.

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  31. Conni Smith says:

    How cute!!! This is such a great theme – bringing back so many memories!

  32. This recipe looks super simple and delicious. You were a cute kiddo.

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  36. I love pork chops with mashed potatoes!

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  38. Some of my best food memories come from things my grandmother made. The pork chops sound so easy and good! And that pic is priceless Jamie

  39. You were adorable! This post totally had me laughing – thank God that styrofoam plate didn’t burst into flames in the microwave! I love love LOVE your rendition of mashed potatos – I’ve never had them with dill and it sounds delicious. These are nice ‘n easy pork chops too – much appreciated during busy weeknights.

  40. Renee says:

    Pork chops made with alphabet soup…now that is one I’ve never heard of before. As far as the instant potatoes go, I have to tell that my husband actually prefers them over real mashed potatoes (I know, I know). I will make them for him occasionally and make pasta or something for me because I just can’t eat them.

  41. Bea says:

    What a cute picture & fantastic memories. This looks like perfect retro comfort food :)

  42. Oh Jamie I love the photo. It has been so long since I cooked pork chops, my mom use to bread pork chops and cook in mushroom soup, loved it.

  43. Faye Leong says:

    Great idea to add on with the creamy mashed potatoes with your beautiful pork chop!

  44. You were totally cute ;) My mom used to make pork chops with a can of Campbells’ cream of mushroom in the slow cooker. I remember it vividly!

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