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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Easy Dinner: Pan Fried Maple Pork Chops

Pork chops and applesauce have been a favorite combination since, well, forever. I wanted to find a way to keep the flavor combo but add some more texture to the plate. This cooks up quickly without a million different steps and it's flavorful and delicious, so it's a winner for this Mom. Hope you enjoy!

What You'll Need
4-6 bone-in pork chops
salt & pepper
cinnamon sugar
maple syrup
2 Cortland or McIntosh apples
1/2 large onion, wedged then sliced
extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
*optional rosemary
*optional slivered almonds 

Season each side of pork chop with salt and pepper. Let sit 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, core and cut apples in 1/4 inch slices- sometimes I leave the skin on, other times I peel it, so just do it how you like it
Halve onion, slice in similar fashion to apples; cut wedges in half

Heat butter on med-high in large skillet pan. Cook apple slices for 3-5 minutes; add onion & almonds, if using them. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp maple syrup, stirring gently to coat. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon sugar, stirring more. Cook about 5 minutes more. Remove from pan before getting too soft, and place in a bowl or pie plate while you cook the chops.

I've made this with real maple syrup and with the store stuff - both were good!

Drizzle olive oil in same skillet; add pork chops. Sprinkle some rosemary over each pork chop (sometimes I do, sometimes I don't). The chops I had were very large, so I could only cook two at a time. You want a nice, brown sear on the chop, so don't turn it too quickly; it needs to cook about 6 minutes on each side. The centers were too pink after this "first round," so I flipped them over again and put a cover on the skillet, which was no problem since they had already gotten seared.

When the pork chops are cooked through, it's time to plate. Scoop some of the apples and onion onto the chop, and serve promptly. This pairs well with mashed potatoes or rice, and steamed carrots.

 I know the lighting is pretty bad- it's dark by five here (which is waaay better than when it's dark by four in December!!), and I don't exactly have tons of free time to make dinner ahead just to photograph it...I've got hungry people demanding food, ha!

I'm sure you could use boneless pork as well, but I prefer the bone-in chop for this recipe
So good!

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