Simply southern: Buttermilk marinated pork chops, more

Kimberly Schlapman from the Grammy-winning country group, Little Big Town is also a winner in the kitchen. Here, she shares her delicious recipes for buttermilk marinated pork chops, smoked mac and cheese, strawberries and balsamic cream.

Buttermilk marinated pork chops
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 4 6-ounce center-cut bone-in pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
    • 3 cups buttermilk
    • 1 tbsp cayenne
    • 1 tbsp cumin
    • 1 tbsp paprika
    • juice of one lemon
    • 2 tablespoon salt, plus more for seasoning
    • 1/2 tablespoon pepper, plus more for seasoning
    • olive oil for brushing

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Place pork chops in a plastic bag. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Pour the marinade on the pork chops and marinate overnight in the fridge turning occasionally. When ready to cook remove pork chops from marinade and pat dry. Brush a little oil on each side and season with salt and pepper. Grill each pork chop for about 3 minutes each side turning once.

Creamy smoked mac n cheese
Servings:

Serves 6

Ingredients

    • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
    • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 4 tbsp flour
    • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1 pound smoked cheddar cheese, grated
    • Salt
    • Pepper
  • The topping

    • 1 tbspn garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 tbspn parsley, minced
    • salt
    • pepper

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Boil pasta in salted water in a large pot. Meanwhile make the cheese sauce. In a large sauce pan melt the butter then add the flour and whisk until it starts to foam about 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, heavy cream and garlic powder and continue to whisk until there are no lumps and it thickens. Never let it boil. Once it thickens, slowly add the cheese in small batches at a time. Whisk until sauce becomes creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain the cooked pasta. Toss the pasta and cheese sauce together and stir to mix well. For the topping: In a sauté pan on low heat melt the butter. Saute the garlic until it becomes fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the breadcrumbs and toast until golden brown. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a bowl. Add the parmesan cheese and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Sprinkle on top of mac and cheese.

Strawberries and balsamic cream
Servings:

Serves 4

Ingredients

    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup pure cane sugar
    • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
    • 3 cups fresh strawberries, tops removed and sliced

Preparation

Baking Directions:

In a bowl whisk the heavy cream, sugar and balsamic vinegar together until stiff peaks form. Divide strawberries into 4 bowls (1/2 cup per person) and scoop whipped cream on top.

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