Sunday, February 14, 2010

Apple & Sage Pork Chops

This is a terrific recipe!  The sauce is absolutely amazing!  OK, enough with the exclamation points, you get the picture.  This is really good - I made it for dinner tonight.  Remember my post from the other night when I introduced you to the McCormick Recipe Inspirations?  This is part of that series of recipes.  Dierbergs carries these as a pre-packaged spice item near the McCormick spices.  All of the spices in the recipe have been pre-measured and packaged for your convenience, and the recipe is on a perforated removable recipe card on the back of the package.

1 1/2 tsp Rubbed Sage
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp Thyme Leaves
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
4 boneless pork chops (1" thick - about 1 1/4 lb)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
2 apples (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp brown sugar

Combine the flour, salt and spices.  Sprinkle the spice mix lightly to cover one side of the pork chops.

Peel and slice apples and onions into thin slices.  Set aside for later.

Heat the olive oil in a 10" frying pan over medium high heat.  When oil is hot, place the chops spice side down in the pan.  Sprinkle the spice mix over the top of the chops in the pan.  Turn chops after about 3 minutes.  Allow to brown on the second side for about 3 minutes.  Remove chops from pan.

Add onions to pan and cook for two minutes.  Stir brown sugar into remaining spice mix.  Add apples to pan and cook for three more minutes. Add apple juice and remaining spice mix to pan.  Stir over medium heat until sauce is thickened.  Add pork chops to sauce, cover and cook until chops reach desired doneness.

Hint:  I like to make sure the chops are done before removing from pan.  If you return them to the pan to cook in the sauce, the crust becomes soft.

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