recipe review: Rachel Ray’s Fall Pork Chops with Cider

This allergy-friendly recipe was DELICIOUS. Unfortunately, pork chops are my nemesis. All I will say is to make sure you cook them for MORE than this recipe says and make sure they are done :) . I will leave it at that. But truly, this was such a wonderful recipe and perfect for fall.  Way to go, Rachel. Oh, and I’ll also add this. It’s probably better for a night you will have an extra hand with kids, if you have kids. It is a little time-intesive just at the very end. But very worth it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Salt
  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1-inch thick
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, yellow or red, thinly sliced
  • 2 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons butter (dairy-free)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 rounded tablespoons orange marmalade
  • Directions

    In a medium pot add sweet potatoes and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until fork tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

    Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, a turn of the pan, in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork 5 minutes on the first side until deeply golden, turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes more with a loose foil tent over the pan. Remove cooked chops to a plate and cover to keep warm. Add another turn of the pan of olive oil, add the onions and apples. Season with salt, pepper and thyme and cook until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Douse with juice of a lemon and remove onions and apples to a bowl; keep warm.

    Add 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet, melt then whisk in flour, cook 1 minute then whisk in cider and 1 cup of stock. Season the gravy with salt and pepper. Thicken 4 to 5 minutes over medium-low heat.

    Drain cooked sweet potatoes and return pan to stove. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and combine with marmalade and 1 cup stock. Add potatoes and mash, season with salt and pepper.

    Serve chop covered with apples and onions, gravy poured down, and sweet potatoes aside.

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