Some days you cook simple stuff (spaghetti with jarred pasta sauce, for example). But sometimes you really just want to cook, if you know what I mean. And as we move into the cooler months, those times seem to be more and more. It’s easy to “phone in” dinner in the summer when it’s hot and all anyone wants is salad anyway, but we crave warmer, heavier foods in the winter. Today I have a recipe for you that gives you that warm, real-cooked feel, but isn’t actually too heavy. I found the base recipe at AllRecipes, but I’ve modified it to make it my own.
Pork Chops with Apple Cider Sauce
- Pork chops – enough to feed your family (any cut you like)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Small amount of oil, for frying
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 1/4 cups apple cider (not juice), divided
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (eyeballing it is fine)
- 1/4 cup cooking sherry
- 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Season the pork chops and fry them in oil for 5-10 minutes per side, until done. The amount of time it takes will depend on how thick the chops are.
- Remove the chops to a plate and add apples and onion to the pan. Cook until they start to soften and the onions are turning translucent, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of apple cider, the Worcestershire, and the cooking sherry. Cook for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat, until the sauce begins to reduce.
- Meanwhile, combine remaining cider with cornstarch. Add this to the sauce in the pan. Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened.
- Add pork chops back into the pan with the sauce and heat through.
This is such a yummy dish; I hope you try it, especially as a nice alternative to all the leftover turkey you’re likely to be eating over the coming week! You can serve it with pretty much anything you like: mashed potatoes using the apple sauce as gravy; salad and bread; vegetables and sliced apples. We typically eat it with (boxed) Scalloped potatoes and applesauce. It’s definitely become one of our favorites, and I hope it will be one of yours too!
I won’t have a post up tomorrow, so I’m going to wish all my fellow Americans a very Happy Thanksgiving today. Enjoy your families and all the wonderful food you’re likely to be enjoying. And remember to thank the One who gives it all to us.
P.S. Remember those “big changes” I mentioned earlier in the week? Well, they’re still coming, so keep your eyes peeled. And just to give you a quick heads up on what these plans are, my blog will be getting a new name and location, so I’d love it if you all followed me to the new site when I get it up and running, which should be before Christmas. I’ll let you know when it’s ready to start accepting followers. (Right now, it’s just a notification from my domain/hosting company stating that the domain has been purchased, so it’s not worth sharing the new URL…) Thanks in advance!