Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pork Chops with Golden Apple Sauce


I am the condiment queen. I am a firm believer that any food item dipped in a sauce of any kind will enhance the food itself. No arguing about it. And what are my favorite sauces of choice, you ask? Ketchup and A-1 sauce. Really. You can put either of these 2 sauces and it will bring your food to a new level of tastiness. I am a huge fan of both- so much that I am a fan of both condiments on Facebook. However, there is a (rare) time when I eat pork, I have to choose another condiment- applesauce. I grew up eating apples with my pork chops. My DB just can't get it, but for those of you who haven't tried this delicious combo- don't knock it until you try it. The pork chops are loaded with flavor, and the applesauce is over-the-top delicious.

Ingredients:
4 Golden Delicious apples, chopped (I used Gala and Granny Smith)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 oz. golden raisins, a handful
1-in piece of fresh ginger root (I used 1/8 tsp fresh ginger)
3 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 cups all natural apple juice or cider (I used this), plus a splash for pan sauce
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
(4) 1-inch thick center cut boneless pork chops (6-8 oz each)
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbsp butter

Directions:
1. Combine first 8 ingredients (apples through nutmeg) in a medium pot placed over medium-high heat, and cook until a chunky sauce forms, 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the sauce begins to spatter as it bubbles, reduce the heat back a little. Once apples are soft and sauce forms, remove from heat.


2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan.
3. Season chops on 1 side with S&P. Using a pair of tongs, add chops to the hot skillet, seasoned side down. Season the opposite side of the chops with S and P. Brown and caramelize the chops 2 minutes on each side, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until juices run clear.
4. Remove chops from heat and let them rest for a few minutes for the juices to redistribute.
5. Deglaze the pan with a splash of apple juice and 2 Tbsp butter. (Make sure to really get those browned bits on the bottom of the pan- that's where all the flavoring is!)
6. Pour pan sauce over chops. Remove ginger root from the sauce, and top the chop with generous portions of warm golden apple sauce.

Source: Rachael Ray

3 comments:

Joelen said...

What a delicious meal - everything looks so great!

Sara said...

Thanks Joelen! It was delicious!

KikiBelle said...

has darrin never seen the brady bunch episode where peter talks about eating pork chops and apple sauce for dinner? it's an awesome combo! but i have to admit i have never made homemade applesauce. we might just try this one tonite for din-din!

 
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