Pork Chops with Golden Apple Sauce

Still struggling with pork. Sigh. But I’m going to keep trying to work with it and I will start to get the hang of it. What I like about this recipe: it’s homemade apple sauce, that means you really taste the apples, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; apples and pork just really pair well together, that savory / sweet combination is a true classic; I also liked that my son said, “oh wow, Mommy, you really did good on this one!” Ok, now what I didn’t like about this one: I can never get Rachel Ray recipes ready in 30 minutes. Going into it knowing that though, makes all the difference.

Pork 1

Ingredients:

4 Golden Delicious apples, chopped
2 Tsp lemon juice
2 oz golden raisins (about a handful)
1″ piece fresh ginger root (I always substitute Gourmet Garden Ginger Spice Blend)
3 Tbs light brown sugar
2 cups all natural apple juice or cider
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 Tbs olive oil
4 thin cut boneless pork loin chops (I discovered at the last-minute mine had bones, but they worked just fine)
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Combine first 8 ingredients (up to the olive oil) in a medium pot over medium high heat and cook until a chunky sauce forms, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally,  If sauce begins to splatter as it bubbles, reduce heat a little, but it needs to be allowed to reduce and form quickly.  Once apples are soft and sauce forms, remove it from the heat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat.  Add oil to pan.  Season chops on 1 side with salt and pepper.  Add chops to hot skillet, seasoned side down.  Season the opposite side of the chops with salt and pepper.  Brown and caramelize chops about 2 minutes on each side, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until juices run clear.  remove chops from heat and let rest a couple of minutes for juice to redistribute.  Top chops with generous portions of warm golden apple sauce.

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time 15 minutes

Pork 2

*Derived from Food Network (Rachel Ray)

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