Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sage and Apple Pork Chops

I was in need of a quick-to-assemble dinner.  Not quick to cook, mind you, but quick to put together and toss in the oven.  And it had to use items on hand.  For some reason I had been craving the savory taste of sage.   Perhaps it was our lingering fall.  Something about sage, onions and apples screams fall...

The recipe is my own

Serves 4

The Ingredients:
4 bone in pork chops
2 medium apples, cored and thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp ground sage
salt and pepper to taste

The Process:
Preheat the oven to 350.

Lightly oil a 9x13 baking dish and arrange the apple slices in the bottom.  Liberally dust with cinnamon. 

Meanwhile, sear the pork chops on both sides in a hot skillet...2-3 minutes per side.  Arrange the seared chops on top of the apples.  Sprinkle with sage, salt and pepper.  Layer the sliced onions on top.

Bake uncovered in the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the chops are slightly pink or reach about 145 degrees.

To serve, portion out one chop to each plate and top with baked apples an onions.

The Review:
Simple, juicy savory and sweet.  This dinner was nothing to exciting, but it certainly hit the spot.  The apples disintegrated into nearly a sauce.  The pork was tender and flavorful.  The seasoning was low key, but well balanced.  Pretty pedestrian.  But very satisfying.

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