Monday, February 12, 2018

Cinnamon Apple Pan Seared Pork Chops

This was good! I planned to grill pork chops, which is always a gamble for February, but since there was an actual layer of ice on our grill...pan-seared was the way to go. And that sounded kind of boring to me, so I tried to come up with some pizazz to jazz up plain 'ol pork chops. And let me just tell you what is most definitely not a gamble for February:  warm sautéed cinnamon apples. All the pizazz.

Here's how I made it.

Mine were thick so I butterflied them beforehand and sprinkled generously with salt and pepper. I cooked over med-high heat until cooked all the way through, maybe 6-8 minutes on each side. I had a large batch to cook, so to keep them warm I placed them into a glass baking dish in a low heat oven until ready to serve. While the pork chops were staying warm, I made the apple topping.

3 TBSP butter, or less
3 apples, thickly diced
1 onion
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
splash of apple cider vinegar

I sautéed the apples and onions in the butter until soft, approximately 5-6 minutes. Then I added just a splash of the vinegar. If I had to guess, maybe 1/4 cup.  Toss to coat. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and add to the apples. With a spoon, thoroughly coat all the apples and let them cook another 5-8 minutes. The cider will thicken just slightly. Spoon over top the pork chops when ready to serve. Holy cow (pig?!), it's delicious. As pictured, we had sweet potatoes and green beans on the side.

Of course our dinner conversation was Nash trying to convince Emma that she was eating pig. Nash kept saying "Pigs give us bacon, sausage, pork chops, ect" and Emma kept responding with "Pigs can't give us anything...they don't have hands" like..."DUH". It just drove Nash nuts that she wouldn't believe him. ha ha haha hahahah. 3 out of 5 kids liked the apples, so I call this one a success. The 2 that didn't just ate their chops with bbq sauce.


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