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    Smothered Pork Chops With Cider and Apples

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    1 hrs 40 mins

    30 mins

    1 hrs 10 mins

    SweetSueAl's Note:

    Braise thin pork chops in an apple-based gravy to keep them juicy and flavorful. I had trouble indicating the amount of apple, it's one large granny smith or 2 small.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Fry bacon in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving fat in saucepan (you should have 2 tablespoons bacon fat; if not, supplement with vegetable oil).
    3. 3
      Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually whisk flour into fat until smooth. Cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is light brown, about the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      Whisk in apple cider in slow, steady stream; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cover and set aside off heat.
    5. 5
      Heat 1-tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over high heat until smoking, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, dry pork chops with paper towels and sprinkle with 1/2-teaspoon pepper.
    6. 6
      Brown chops in single layer until deep golden on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip chops and cook until browned on second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to large plate and set aside.
    7. 7
      Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon oil, onions, apples, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to now-empty skillet.
    8. 8
      Using wooden spoon, scrape browned bits on pan bottom and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and browned around the edges, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer.
    9. 9
      Return chops to skillet in single layer, covering chops with onions. Pour in warm sauce and any juices collected from pork; add bay leaves.
    10. 10
      Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until pork is tender and paring knife inserted into chops meets very little resistance, about 30 minutes.
    11. 11
      Transfer chops to warmed serving platter and tent with foil.
    12. 12
      Increase heat to medium-high and simmer sauce rapidly, stirring frequently, until thickened to gravy-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves, stir in parsley, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
    13. 13
      Cover chops with sauce, sprinkle with reserved bacon, and serve immediately.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 28, 2009

      55

      I don't usually put in this much effort when it comes to pork chops, but we had company & this recipe really fit the bill! I used a quality cider from a local apple grower & think that made for some GREAT TASTING CHOPS ~ Well worth the time spent in preparing! Thanks for a great recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed as part of my cider theme in the Comfort Cafe]

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    Nutritional Facts for Smothered Pork Chops With Cider and Apples

    Serving Size: 1 (421 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 374.5
     
    Calories from Fat 215
    57%
    Total Fat 23.9 g
    36%
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    40%
    Cholesterol 89.5 mg
    29%
    Sodium 246.6 mg
    10%
    Total Carbohydrate 13.2 g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    7%
    Sugars 6.7 g
    26%
    Protein 25.8 g
    51%

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