It's hard to believe that we are already two weeks into August, where did the summer go?! Halloween will be here before we know it! I don't think I'm quite ready for the holidays. I am just now trying to get into the "back to school" groove. We don't go back for a couple of more weeks, but it will fly by.
We are currently working on trying to get to bed earlier, and wake up earlier so that it won't be such a shock on the first day of school. Does anybody else do that or is it just us?
With September right around the corner, my mind is slowly wrapping itself around fall flavors, and in my mind apples are all about fall. I've never had the experience of bobbing for apples, but I've seen it on tv shows and movies and I'm sure it'a s lot of fun, or not. Either way, fall, apples, cooler weather, corn stalks, scare crows, it's coming!
When I was searching for apple dishes to get inspired by, I found one that wasn't a dessert and it struck my interest. A one pan pork chops dish! Several years ago we did a very cool thing where chef Robert Irvine did a live online cooking program. We paid something, he emailed us a shopping list, and then we set the lap top up in the kitchen and he went live and we sort of cooked with Robert Irvine! He hasn't done it since that I know of, but we would sign up in a heart beat. We are huge fans of his! Anyways, the dish that we made with him was a pork chop and peach dish. Well I figured if those flavors married well together so would apples and pork chops.
This dish was inspired by Gimme Some Oven.
Scroll down for a printable recipe.
What do you need?
4 boneless pork chops, ¾ inch to 1 inch thick
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 apples, cored and thinly sliced (any apple will do, we used Washington)
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch cayenne pepper
⅔ cup apple cider (I used apple juice, and added a dash of cinnamon and allspice)
⅓ cup heavy cream
What do you do?
Season both sides of your pork chops with salt and pepper.
In a large skillet over medium to high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter.
Add the pork chops and cook until brown, about 3 minutes per side. (you aren't looking to cook them thru at this point)
Transfer your pork chops to a plate and set aside.
In the same skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium to high heat.
Add the onion and apples, cook stirring occasionally until the onion is translucent.
Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
Stir in the apple cider (or apple juice, dash of cinnamon and allspice) and cream.
Add the pork chops, cook until the pork chops are done. 3 to 4 minutes per side.
Serve the chops with the apples and onion mix on top.