Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pork Chops with Apples


Fall calls for apples and cranberries, don't you think?
Here's a simple grilled pork chop recipe to add to your Autumn menu.
We are just 2 at home now so if you want to make this for your family, double the ingredients.
I served it with purchased pumpkin filled ravioli tossed in browned butter and sage and
green beans and mushrooms.

  • 2 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt
  • seasoned pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I used an apple flavoured balsamic*)

  1. Mix mustard, garlic, salt and pepper together and rub mixture on both sides of pork chops.
  2. Let sit for about 1/2 hour.
  3. Grill or sear and bake until done.
  4. While  pork is cooking, saute onions in oil until soft.
  5. In another pan, saute apples in butter until just tender.
  6. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved.
  7. Add onions, cranberries and balsamic and cook a few minutes longer.
  8. Plate the pork chops and top each with apple mixture.
* I've recently purchased flavoured oils and balsamic vinegars.  There are so many flavours to choose from and so many ways to use them.  If you have one of these Oil and Vinegar shops in your area, go in and taste a few.  They are terrific in salads, with meats and even desserts.

7 comments:

  1. Yum - this sounds wonderful Bev! I have used your browned butter and sage on many things since you last posted about that and we love it. I agree about the flavoured oils and vinegars and use them all the time (one of my favourites is white balsamic cranberry pear). Have never tried pumpkin filled ravioli but it sounds delicious!

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  2. LOVE pork chops and apples --their is just 2 of use now too----am trying this Bev--- where also can you purchase balsamic that you are using???

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  3. I bought mine on Vancouver Island at a place in Qualicum Beach and I've bought some at a place called "Drizzle" in Fairhaven, near Bellingham washington. But I'm sure many larger towns have an olive oil and vinegar shops/tasting rooms. I would google it to find one in your area.

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  4. Pork chops and apples was the first dish I learned to make when I left home, never really learned to cook at home, all of us girls cleaned and worked outside while my Mom cooked. So, when I meet Jim this was the first meal I made for him. Must have done the trick!!

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  5. I never make pork chops, because when i have tried (a long time ago) they were always dry. Any tips for length of time to cook them?

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    1. It depends so much on the thickness of your chops. I usually cut into the centre of one to check for doneness. My husband's fool proof method when barbequing pork is to use a meat temperature probe.
      I find that marinating them for an hour or two ahead of time helps to keep them tender.

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  6. Pork chops with apples , what a delicious combo. I often use my homemade applesauce with pork too. With the onion and cranberry this looks like a dish I am going to have to make.

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