Smothered Pork Chops with Mashed Cheddar Buttercup Squash

Makes 4 servings
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Nutrition Analysis

Calories   439
Total Fat   13.5g
Saturated Fat   6.5g
Cholesterol   129mg
Sodium   710mg
Carbohydrates   37g
Dietary Fiber   5g
Protein   42.5mg
Calcium   362mg
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Ingredients:

Pork Chops:
8 boneless center-cut pork chops, at least 1” thick (about 3 pounds)
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 cup canned diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
6 ounces button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (about 2 cups)
Squash:
1 buttercup squash (about 2 1/2 pounds)
4 ounces grated Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup Cabot Light Sour Cream, Cabot Regular Sour Cream or Cabot Plain Greek-Style Yogurt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

To make pork chops:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Pat pork chops dry with paper towel (discard) and season both sides with salt and pepper.

3. Heat oil in large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add chops and cook (in two batches if necessary) until well browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

4. Transfer pork chops to plate. Reduce heat to medium and add onions and garlic; cook, stirring, until softened and browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in allspice and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer.

5. Add tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, vinegar and thyme. Add chops and any juices to tomato mixture and bring to simmer, spooning some of sauce over each.

6. Cover pot tightly with lid or foil. Bake until pork chops are fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours. (Add small amount of water if sauce becomes too thick.)

7. Transfer chops to plate. Skim visible fat from top of sauce and discard.

8. Add mushrooms to sauce in pot and place over medium-low heat. Bring to simmer and cook, stirring, for several minutes until mushrooms are tender. Season with additional salt or pepper if needed.

9. Set four pork chops aside; when cool enough to handle, pull into shreds and refrigerate for Supper #2, Cheddar Corn Cakes with Pulled Pork.

To make squash:
1. Line baking sheet with foil; oil lightly or coat with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cut squash in half from stem end to base and scoop out seeds from each half. Place halves cut-side-down on prepared baking sheet and press second sheet of foil down over squash.

3. Bake until very tender, about 1 hour.

4. Let cool slightly, then scoop flesh into large bowl. Add cheese, sour cream or yogurt, salt and pepper; blend with whisk until well combined.