Today I've got an awesome savory apple recipe that I love to make for my husband and kids. We used to go a restaurant that offered sauteed apples as a side dish and The Big Guy always ordered them. It's like dessert instead of dinner and he can't pass up anything sugary and sweet! So when I make pork chops in the Fall I like to make him these warm and sweet apples and onions laced with cranberries. This is always a hit and dinner ends up being very quiet....not much talking but lots of eating! I'll take it.
APPLE + ONION SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS
What you need:
6 medium Cortland apples, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 boneless thin cut pork chops
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
Melt the butter in a saute pan on medium high heat and add the onions and apples, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute for a few minutes until the onions turn translucent and the apples begin to break down, about five minutes, stir to prevent burning. Remove the apples and onions from the pan.
Turn the pan to high heat and add the oil. Salt and pepper the pork chops on both sides and place in pan. Brown each side for 1-2 minutes, I like thin cut because they cook quickly but watch them so they don't burn. After the second side is browned, add the apple juice and cranberries to the pan and return the apple and onion mixture. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to combine. You just want to warm the apples back up and then remove from the heat.
Place two pork chops on your serving plate and top with several spoonfuls of the apple mixture. This makes three servings, or in my house it makes two adult servings and two child sized portions (they each get one pork chop).
Tomorrow...Apple Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce.