Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Here's a fun challenge for you: cook something you hate for someone who loves it. Since you won't eat it, you'll have to watch their expression and trust their opinion on whether it's a hit or not. Really, try it! Drop your sense of taste and rely on your nose and your eyes. I did it tonight. I don't so much hate pork as I just choose not to eat it. The recipe I tried tonight sounded really good and smelled like a dream. It was even a treat to wash the pan after - no joke! I found it on Allrecipes.com:

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced
3 tablespoons pecans (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Place a medium dish in the oven to warm.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil and place in hot pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, or until done. Transfer to the warm dish, and keep warm in the preheated oven.
3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt and pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter to skillet, and stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook until apples are just tender. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and arrange on top of chops. Keep warm in the preheated oven.
4. Continue cooking sauce uncovered in skillet, until thickened slightly. Spoon sauce over apples and chops. Sprinkle with pecans.

I did do a few things differently with this recipe. Instead of keeping a dish in the oven, I just used my extra burner on the stove top which freed up the oven for some potatoes. I only had 2 pork chops but used the same amount of ingredients for the sauce as if I had 4. Also, I didn't have pecans. 

Judging from Jason's completely clean plate, it was indeed a hit.

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