Monday, October 25, 2010

Keeping Fall In Mind: Caramel Apple Pork Chops

That looks like a mess right there, doesn't it?

But that mess right there was oh, so good....

Looking out the window and seeing that most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, leaving the trees bare and ready for winter, I get in the mood for apples.

Not just dessert apples like, apple pie, apple crisp, apple dumplings, but apples for a main course.

I have been searching for the perfect apple and pork recipe for months. I finally located it at Just a Pinch.com.

This Web site is amazing, and the interaction is most beneficial when you are looking for feedback on a certain recipe.

Jennifer McConnell and Malinda Coletta helped me out with my dilemma on pork and apples.

Thank you very much ladies. This recipe will definitely be made again.

It is very nice when you can ask someone how a recipe tastes, what tips and tricks they use, and how much they like it.

I was told by Jennifer, "You will not be sorry." And you know what? She was right.

Receiving first-hand feedback makes you look forward to creating and experimenting.

There are some things I did differently to this recipe.

I left out the pecans and added onion with my apples.
This is what I did:

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

2 c. apple cider
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
4 med. pork chops (I used boneless loin chops)
1 large tart apple, cored and sliced (granny smith)
3/4 c. sliced onion
2 tsp. olive oil
2 oz. apple cider marinade (from chops)
2 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS butter
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Marinade pork chops in apple cider/Worcestershire sauce for 4-6 hours, or overnight.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Season chops with salt and pepper and place in hot pan. Brown chops on both sides add apples/onions and 2 oz. marinade. Cover and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, or until done.
Transfer chops to a dish leaving the apples/onions in pan, add to apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until sauce thickens and coats apples. Remove from the heat and add butter, stir till melted. Plate chops on platter and spoon apple mixture and sauce over the chops.
This was absolutely marvelous!!

Other options that go through my mind is: On a bed of rice, noodles, mashed potatoes with seasoned pork/apple cider gravy, mashed sweet potatoes.....Oh my, the endless possibilities.

To accompany my Caramel Apple Pork Chops I sauteed sliced yellow squash and zucchini in a little olive oil with Italian seasoning.

What a great light meal that was busting with flavors galore.

I should have been sitting on my deck, surrounded by the brilliance of Fall, eating this meal.

Does that show you how good this meal was? Every last bite was savored and enjoyed....MMMMM!!

You have got to give this one a try.

Like Jennifer said, "You will not be sorry."

Good Luck~Happy Eating~Enjoy

14 comments:

  1. Thank you very much...I couldn't have done it without your help. Great recipe Malinda!!

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  2. This recipe immediately caught my eye, but can you suggest a substitution for the Apple Cider Marinade? I have not seen pork chops packaged with it here.

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  3. Brandi,
    All you have to do is buy plain pork chops and marinade them yourself with 2 cups apple cider (or apple juice) and 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce mixed together.Let them marinade overnight.

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  4. Thank you very much!! I can't wait to try this! I bookmarked at least 10 of your recipes today. :)

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  5. That is good to hear Brandi. Make sure you share, share, share the Web address.

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  6. Angie, I wanted to let you know that I made this tonight. It was so SO good!! I served with mashed potatoes and it was to die for!! I might have a new favorite pork recipe. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  7. I am so glad you liked it, and your great comment will encourage others. Thanks Brandi

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  8. This is my kind of dinner recipe! I love pork and apples together, and I like apples with onions too. This looks seriously delicious. Printing this up to try!

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  9. It's me again!! This popped up on my Facebook "on this day" feed a couple of days ago and I wanted to let you know that this has become our traditional "First Day of Autumn Meal" every year since I discovered it! I am counting down the days til I can make it this year! It's still a favorite of mine! :)

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    1. You are the reason I love to blog. I just wish I had more time. I have kind of left my blogging go to fulfill a full time job. I'm so glad you like this recipe.

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    2. You gotta do what you gotta do! I will keep sharing this recipe and singing its praises (and keep referring back to your blog for new things to try). Thank you for everything!

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    3. It's almost time for my annual cooking of this recipe! I am going to try it in my Instant Pot this year!

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    4. You'll have to let me know how it turns out.

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