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When you think of pork chops what is the first thing that comes to mind? Applesauce, right?
or if you are a child of the 70’s the Brady Bunch episode where Peter is imitating Humphrey Bogart and says, “Pork chops and applesauce. That’s swell.”
In fact every single time I make pork chops I have to say this. And every time my kids ask me why I am saying in a weird voice.
So when I found this recipe I thought it was perfect, apples and pork chops cooked together!
I really liked it. My kid were kind of meh, whatever. They are such party poopers sometimes.
One said, “Why did you have to ruin perfectly good apples by putting meat on them?”
Another said,” Why did you ruin the pork chops by cooking them with apples?”
And yet another, “Maybe next time you can not put the porkchops and onions in it, and instead put like some crust? Like a pie, yeah, like an apple pie! Wouldn’t that be good?”
But even though this recipe was somewhat lost on the kids (half of them liked it, and all of them liked parts of the meal), I liked it and my grown-up friends liked it also. Then I used the leftover porkchops to make pork fried rice a couple days later and THAT was delicious, too.
You will need:
6 pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil (I substituted butter here)
4 tablespoons butter,
1 large onion, sliced
4 to 6 cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Step 1: Heat oil (or butter) in a large skillet
Step 2: Sprinkle salt and pepper on pork chops. Brown the chops in the skillet to sear in the juices.
Step 3: Remove chops from skillet and place in baking dish.
Step 4: Add the rest of the butter, sugar, cinnamon, chicken broth, onions and apples. Cook until onions are lightly caramelized and apples have begun to soften
Step 5: Pour contents of skillet over top of pork chops.
Step 6: Wrap tightly with tinfoil.
Step 7: Bake in 350 oven for about 30 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the pork chops as they will get dried out.
I made the mistake of putting the putting the pork chops on top of the apples. (See photo above) Don’t do this. The pork chops really need to be underneath the apples.
Despite the mixed reviews from my family, I will make this again. I think if I had separated the food before they saw the unnatural horror of the apples mixed with the pork chops, that the picky ones would have been more receptive.
I think next time I am going to try this exact recipe in the crockpot. If any of you do this let me know how it turns out.
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