It's not quite fall yet here (today's high is supposed to be 99 degrees!), but sometimes you just get a hankering for fall flavors. That's what happened about 2 weeks ago, while I was digging through the deep freezer to find something to make for dinner. I came across a package of bone-in pork chops, there were plenty of apples in the fruit bowl, and fresh sage in the herb garden outside--bingo! Pork chops and apples. :-)
This is a simple, fast meal to get on the table on a busy weeknight. I went so fast, I didn't take pictures of the cooking process---sorry guys. It took me 35 minutes, start to finish...not bad! And it's healthy to boot. All you have to do is make a green veggie or salad on the side, and you're all set. ;-)
Pan Seared Pork Chops with Apples and Sage
6-8 fresh sage leaves
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
4-6 bone-in or boneless pork chops, about 1/4 inch thick
2 gala or golden delicious apples, cored and cut into 1/4 slices
1/4 cup apple butter or unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 to 1 cup white wine
In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it's hot, but not smoking, drop in the sage leaves. Fry for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. By frying the sage leaves, we'll impart that great flavor from the sage to flavor the oil, and use it to infuse the pork chops.
Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. In the same pan you used for the sage leaves, heat another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Brown the chops (in batches if necessary to prevent crowding the pan) on both sides and remove to a plate. It's not necessary at this point to cook the pork chops through...they'll finish in the sauce.
Now drop the butter into the pan, and toss in the apples. Saute the apples for about 6-8 minutes until they're nice and golden brown, but not cooked through. Add the white wine, apple butter, and more salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a gentle boil, and put the pork chops back in, along with any juices that accumulated on the plate (don't throw that out...it's flavor for your sauce!).
Simmer for about 8-10 minutes. You want the pork cooked through, and the apples tender, but take care not to overcook both.
Plate the pork chops and apples on a large serving platter, and pour the pan sauce over the top. Garnish with the fried sage leaves.
You could certainly add onions to the pan along with the apples, but that usually starts a riot with 2 of my kids, so I left them out. Everyone loved the apples...who can resist warm apple slices and pork? Not me! ;-)
David was home late as usual, but he loved this dish too, and took leftovers to work the next day for lunch. You'll notice in the pictures that I made 10 pork chops. Four to six chops doesn't feed us anymore, so I usually double just about every recipe I post.
Let me know if it's getting cooler in your next of the woods, and if you're cooking fall flavors. We'll be sweatin' it out here in southeast Texas for another month or so before we cool off, so enjoy it for me!
God bless your table tonight!