A simple, cold-weather dinner for two in about 40-45 minutes from start to table. I often tend to make it up and experiment with my own version of what I cook. (hence my name) That was indeed the case with this yummy pork chop dinner. I think it's best served with fresh dinner bread or rolls. If you want to make this dinner for more than two just figure it this way : 1 apple, 1/2 onion, 1 potato, 1 pork chop per person. Use amounts of spices, cheese, oil and butter as necessary. Note* Using soft apples like McIntosh won't work well since they'll get too soft, too fast. You want to keep some substance to the onions and apples.
- Heat large fry pan on med-high.
- Season pork chops on both sides with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Place chops in pan just to brown on each side, about 4 to 5 minutes turning once.
- Cut up onion and peeled apples into evenly sized chunks while meat is browning.
- Pierce potatoes with fork for venting. Heat on high in microwave for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove browned chops from pan and set aside.
- Add about 1 ½ TBSP of butter in pan and mix in with oil.
- Add onions to pan and stir to coat in butter and oil glaze.
- Add apples to pan when onions begin to soften and caramelize. Stir to coat.
- Add pork chops back into pan and cover, turning and stirring contents occasionally for about 15 to 20 minutes. Liquid in pan should become slightly thicker.
- While meat is cooking, slice baked potatoes into approximately ¼ inch slices.
- Remove skin and place slices from one potato in a layer in small baking dish.
- Add thin pats of butter and a generous sprinkling of shredded cheese on top of first layer.
- Repeat second layer the same way and place in oven until cheese just starts to brown.
- Place cooked pork chops on large serving plate. Spoon on saucy apples and onions.
- Bring it all together at the table and enjoy!
- Bon Appetite!