Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pork Chops and Apples

Perfect Pairing:  Yellow delicious apples

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I have always enjoyed cooking but I really started getting into it my last semester of college, which was my first time in an apartment.  Until then I had lived in the sorority house where do you don’t do any of your own cooking.  Unless, of course, you count heating up the frozen mac and cheese packets that were always available on the weekends.  Those things were amazing. 

Anyway, I remember making this dish during my last fall in Ames, Iowa.  I think I made it for my mom and grandma who were visiting for the weekend.  If I remember correctly I also made some sort of sweet potato recipe with canned sweet potatoes.  Blech.  I blame Sandra Lee, the semi-homemade lady.  Some things are better off using the homemade method.

Pork chops and apples is the perfect fall dish.  It is a cinch to pull together, delicious, and smells SO good while it is baking. 

You toss sliced apples with a little flour, sugar, cinnamon and spices.  I really like using yellow delicious apples for baking like this.  I would not recommend using the eating varieties like honeycrisp, fuji or macintosh.  If your store does not have yellow delicious they might have johnalicious.  I guess just look for the licious varieties.  More information on the best apples on this apple crisp post.

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Next, you top the apples with thin cut pork chops that have been seasoned with salt, pepper, and shake and bake.   

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Cover with foil and bake until the pork chops are cooked through.  It is the perfect fall comfort food!

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Pork Chops and Apples

Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing



Ingredients:

·        3 yellow delicious apples, cored and sliced
·        ¼ cup flour
·        3 Tb sugar
·        ½ tsp cinnamon
·        ¾ tsp pumpkin pie spice
·        1 pinch of salt
·        1.5 lb thin pork chops
·        Salt and pepper
·        1 packet pork flavored Shake and Bake

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.   Grease a 9x13 inch cooking dish with cooking spray.

Place the sliced apples in a large bowl or plastic zip top bag.  Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and pinch of salt to the apples.  Toss to combine.  Pour the apples into the prepared dish.  Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops, place over the apples.  Sprinkle the Shake and Bake over both sides of the pork chops.  It will take about three quarters of the packet.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes, remove foil and continue baking until the pork chops are cooked through, about 45-60 minutes depending on the thickness of the pork chops.

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