Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Baked Apple Pork Chops

I used to make a version of this recipe that was not quite as healthy, called Caramel Apple Pork Chops, which can be found here.  This version is not nearly so syrupy.  Much lighter and healthier.

Baked Apple Pork Chops:

4 thin to medium sliced pork chops
1 large granny smith apple
salt, pepper, cinnamon
about a 1tbs butter, divided, (or in our case dairy free, soy free butter substitute)
about 2 tbs brown sugar
drizzle of olive oil

Preheat the over to 400.  coat a 9x9 baker with a little bit of olive oil.  arrange your meat in the pan so that it doesn't over lap.  sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and about half the brown sugar.  Slice the apple up thin, and layer the apples on top of the pork chops, it's ok if they overlap a bit.  Add another sprinkle of salt, the rest of the brown sugar, and some cinnamon.  divide up the butter evenly on top of the apples.  cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.  take the foil off and let it continue to bake until the liquid is *almost* gone, probably another 10 minutes.  You don't want to let them get too dried out, there needs to be a little liquid left in the bottom of the pan.
Serve with whatever side dishes you desire.  I paired these with my 'dirty rice' and some green peas.  They would also be really good with mashed potatoes.

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