Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 35 mins
When I am tired and want something DH likes and the clean up later is fast, I make this. Line your baking pan with foil. Serve with baked potato and salad. Simple but good. The apple butter does color the chops a very nice brown.
- 2 tablespoons apple butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 lb carrot, julienned
- 1⁄3 cup onion, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup raisins or 1⁄2 cup dried cherries or 1⁄2 cup cranberries
- 1 cup dried apple, slices
- 1 garlic clove, minced and (optional)
- 1 dash sage
- 1⁄4 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 pork chops
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In cup, mix together apple butter and corn starch; set aside so cornstarch has a chance to dissolve.
- Put carrots, onion, raisins, dried apples, and garlic (if using) in a single layer in baking pan.
- Sprinkle on sage, lemon pepper and garlic powder (omit garlic powder if using fresh garlic).
- Put pork chops on top of vegetable mixture.
- Spread apple butter mixture onto pork chops.
- Cover and bake at 350* for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer, or until carrots are done and meat juices are clear.
This smelled great in the oven but sadly the end result didn't really live up to expectations for us. The meat was dry and the raisins seemed out of place in this combination. Clearly from other reviews personal preference IS everything, and others loved this recipe far more then we did, so please don't let my experiences put you off at all. Please see my Rating System: 3 stars for a recipe that just didn't suit our tastes, still, it was good to have tried. Thanks!
I liked the sound of the quick preparation time for this recipe. My only reservation was the inclusion of raisins which I don't much like. I didn't want to simply leave them out, so I went to the Zaar Kitchen Dictionary in search of a suitable alternative. I substituted cherries, which I halved. Apple would have been the obvious match but I was dubious about how it would be after two hours of cooking! I used baby carrots, so they needed virtually no preparation and added 4 halved cloves of garlic to the onion (we love garlic). I also added a pinch of sage to the lemon pepper and garlic powder. The chops were wonderfully tender and delicious, and the sweetness of the baby carrots and cherries comlemented the other flavours really well. Thanks for sharing this recipe, WiGal. Not just "simple"; rather simply delicious!
This was so easy and tasty! We served it was baked potatoes and spinach salad. A great meal. Thanks for sharing!