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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Dinner - Pork Chops, Onions, Apples

Ever not know how you will cook dinner? 

That's what happened last night at the Frog & PenguINN. The pork chops were ready and the plan was to grill or bake them. But, this being fall, I wanted something different

A quick search online produced this recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's website with credit to Lucinda Scala Quinn's Mad Hungry cookbook. The portions listed on the website were for 6 servings, so I modified them for 2.  Not only was this a (very) easy recipe, but a great dinner choice for fall weather and apple season.

Pork Chops with Apples & Onions

The list of needed ingredients is small and includes items that were already in the fridge or pantry.

  • 2 bone-in pork chops, cut 3/4-inch thick
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, sliced (variations include using leeks or adding a sliced potato)
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 C beer, white wine, cider or chicken broth or water to deglaze pan

  1. Trim chops of some excess fat. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over high heat, and swirl in the olive oil. 
  2. Place pork chops in pan and don't move for a few minutes, to assure a good golden sear. Turn and brown well on second side for a total of about 10 minutes. Transfer chops to a warm plate. (I used a cold plate and it was OK.)
  3. Swirl butter into pan. Add onion and apples. Saute until onion slices are lightly caramelized and apples have begun to soften, about 8 minutes. Stir in liquid of your choice. 
  4. Return chops to pan. Cook until pork is tender, about 10-12 minutes (depending on size of chops), turn halfway through and cover chops with apple mixture. Serve with a spoonful of apple-onion mixture on top. 
If you prefer, serve the pork chop, apple-onion mix over mashed potatoes or rice. Our choice was a side of fresh green beans. This recipe is another "keeper" according to Grenville — high praise for a first-time recipe, but it won't be the last.

19 comments:

Sandra said...

I think i smell the aroma..

Out on the prairie said...

This sounds good, and I have all the goodies except the beer.

Montanagirl said...

We both like pork chops, so this sounds like a keeper!!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Under weather. Few words. Yum-yum. I make pork chops with sauerkraut and ketchup. Yum-yum.

William Kendall said...

That sounds tasty. You can also try them with honey or maple syrup.

Country Gal said...

Looks and sounds YUMMY ! We enjoy pork with apple sauce YUMMY to ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Emma Springfield said...

And I had a boring old hamburger. This sounds scrumptious and I am going to try it.

Doris said...

Sounds delicious! I love trying new recipes and do it often.

barbara l. hale said...

YUM!

A Quiet Corner said...

This looks so good and yesterday at the gym we were just saying how applesauce and pork go so well together!!!...:)JP

Michelle said...

Sounds, and looks, delicious!

Daisy said...

Oh this sounds so good, Dorothy!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Yum! This sounds so delicious. I love pork chops. I'll have to try this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Gail Dixon said...

This looks really good! And easy. Thank you!

DeniseinVA said...

Looks delicious, I guess I know what I will be cooking the next time we eat pork :)

gigihawaii said...

That looks great! Wow!

Ludwig Keck said...

It is cloudy outside, there is a light wind tossing the falling leaves, just the kind of Fall weather to go with this warming and satisfying meal. Mmmm, I can just taste it!

Rebecca said...

Sounds delicious. A perfect Fall dinner.

Cattails said...

What a great looking dish. Thanks for the recipe. A nice dinner for the colder weather. Have a nice weekend.

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