Pork Chop in Tomato Sauce | Friptura cu sos

This is a fairly common Romanian recipe, usually served during the cold winter months. I love this recipe because it infuses tomato and garlic flavors to regular meat. Mix the tomato sauce with mashed potatoes and add pickles - and you've got yourself a winning combination!

 - 6 pork chops
 - One 18oz can of tomato sauce
 - One cup of wine
 - Spices: salt, pepper, chili pepper, thyme
 - One head of garlic
 - Finely chopped fresh parsley (for presentation)

 - Quickly fry the pork chops on high heat (one minute each side, or until they start to catch a bit of brownish color).
 - Preheat the oven to 325 F.  - Mix the tomato sauce, wine, and spices. Place a thin layer on a flat baking dish, then place the steaks, and cover with the remaining tomato mixture. Cover with aluminum foil.
 - Cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and cook for another 25 minutes. Add the chopped garlic, mix, and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

 - Place the dish over a bed of mashed potatoes (or pasta).
 - Add a generous amount of sauce over each steak.
 - Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley for an adding bit of green.
 - The dish is greatly complemented by a side serving of pickles and a glass of cold beer.