Pork Chops with Cider and Apples
Makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 center-cut boneless pork chops, 6-7 ounces each
3/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 shallots, minced
2 cups hard or sweet cider
1 cup dried apple slices
3 tablespoons whipping cream
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; season chops with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and pepper to taste. Cook chops in skillet, turning once, until browned, and almost cooked through. Remove from skillet.
2. Add shallots to skillet; cook over medium heat until translucent, 2 minutes. Add cider; heat to a simmer. Add apple slices; cook until apples are soft and cider is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Stir in cream, mustard and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of the salt; cook until slightly thickened. Taste sauce for seasoning. Return chops to skillet; heat until chops are cooked through.
Per serving: 441 calories, 46 percent of calories from fat, 23 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 105 mg cholesterol, 31 g carbohydrates, 28 g protein, 729 mg sodium, 2 g fiber
The basic method is sound, and you can make variations with different types of cider, cuts of pork and whether or not to add cream for example. Seems a lot of people have discovered how well pork and cider go together, but there’s alwas someone else looking for a recipe. Do you like following recipes or just cook pork and cider with the best ingredients you can find?