Enjoying the bounty of the season, we've begun to cook with apples here like we may never see the likes of them again. It always feels like that when something comes into season. I feel as if I must celebrate it in the kitchen in as many ways and as often as possible.
I love savory dishes using sweet additions. Apples are an especially good pairing with meat. Pork and apples certainly make a good marriage. And don't forget about chicken too.
This dish comes together in about 20 minutes.
Applesauce Pork Chops
3-4 pork chops, about 2 lbs.
salt and pepper, to season
4 apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
about 1/2 c. water or apple cider to cover bottom of pan
Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook about 6-7 minutes on one side. Flip and cover pan with a lid, cooking another 5-6 minutes. Remove pork chops and place on a plate covered with tinfoil. (Or place in a warm oven.)
After chopping apples, place them in a saucepan with enough water or cider to cover the bottom of the pan. (This prevents them from burning.) Heat on high. Cook for about 15 minutes, until apples are soft enough to smash. Remove from heat. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top and mash with a fork or potato masher until chunky. (Or run through a blender if you prefer smoother applesauce.)
Plate pork chops and place applesauce on top or to the side, as preferred.
Good with a side of squash. Recipe to come....