Friday, January 28, 2011

Pork. The other white meat

So I don't usually ever write about food that I have cooked.. because I rarely make anything worth writing about. Lately B has been on these weird diets- first it was this really basic 12 ingredient-eat every three hours meal, now it's the "Paleo" diet. He can pretty much eat anything that a caveman could eat. So, we have been eating lot of meat and veggies. We got a steal on pork at the store, and never having cooked pork chops I made a huge quest to find a delicious recipe that would be virtually fool proof. I was successful! see below!


Serves 6

6 bone-in pork chops (loin or shoulder), cut 3/4 inch thick
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large white onion, sliced
2 to 3 apples, cored and sliced (about 3 cups)
1 cup beer, white wine, cider, or chicken broth

Trim the chops of excess fat. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a 14-inch cast-iron skillet (if you have a smaller one, you'll need to work in batches) over high heat, and then swirl in the olive oil. Lay in the pork chops and don't move them for a few minutes, to assure a good golden sear forms. Turn and brown well on the second side for a total of about 10 minutes. Transfer the chops to a warm plate.
Swirl the butter into the pan. Add the onion and apples. Saute until the onion slices are lightly caramelized and the apples have begun to soften, about 8 minutes. Stir in the beer or other liquid. Return chops to the pan.
Cook until the pork is tender, about 15 more minutes (depending on the size of the chops), turning halfway through and covering the chops with the apple mixture. If the apple mixture needs a little thickening, transfer the chops to the warm plate again and simmer the mixture on high for a few minutes to reduce. Serve the chops over rice or mashed potatoes with a large spoonful of the apple-onion mixture over the top.

Read more at Pork Chops with Apples and Onions - Martha Stewart Recipes


  1. If only Dale was a sweet eating guy. It sounds awesome to me but he hates the pairing of sweet with savory. I may have to preform a sneak attack.

  2. Sneak attack! Do it!
    I am no longer on FB. I quit because it was sucking me in, and a whole lot of other things. I miss keeping up with people, but there are other ways to communicate.. so I'm working on that. Can't wait to see you guys soon!!!