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Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins
When I saw the ingredients I knew right away I had to try an apple and pork combination. So I tested out my recipe and got the approval of my family and so I decided to enter. This is a very simple recipe that cooks quickly. It is great with stuffing and a green veggie of your choice.
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
- 4 boneless pork loin chops (1-inch thick)
- 5 cups apples (cored and sliced, peel on if preferred)
- 1 cup red onion (sliced)
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
Spiced Maple Sauce
- 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄8 teaspoon clove
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Mix all ingredients in spice rub together and sprinkle over chops top and bottom.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray an oven proof, non-stick skillet with lid with cooking spray.
- Brown chops 3 minutes per side on medium high heat, uncovered. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Add apples and onions to skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until they start to brown.
- Place chops over apple/onion mixture.
- Pour in chicken broth, cover and cook about 20 minutes. The pork chops should reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take the chops out of the oven and let stand for 10 minutes to completely cook the chops and not dry them out.
- After taking chops out of oven combine spiced maple sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until mixture reduces to desired consistency. We like ours thin, so we only cooked about two minutes.
- Pour sauce over chops and apples. Enjoy.
Unfortuntately this recipe did not meet my expectations. I followed the instructions as stated, however, my chops were a bit overcooked and dry. Being that this is a contest entry, I followed the instructions exactly, and did not follow my instincts to not sear the chops for the 3 minutes per side as stated, as they were practically cooked through at that point and baking in the oven for an additional 20 had them a bit overdone for my liking. I used Granny Smith apples as no specific type was stated. The apples came out a really dark brown color, somewhat unappealing to my eye, and did not have the sweetness to them that I would have liked. The sauce was very tasty, I thought it would be too sweet but I found it to be fine, and it did help with the dryness of my chops, Sorry this didn't work out for me better, and maybe it will for other reviewers. Good luck in the contest.
Out of all the contest recipes this was the first one I decided to try, but unfortunately it didn't go over well in our family. The chops were tender and the rub gave them good flavour but there were so many apples and they tasted like pork to me and no one at the table would eat them, so it was a waste. I will not make this again, but thought it was a great entry, just not one that we enjoyed.