Pork Chops and Apples
These are my new version of something I've been making for years - no one likes these but me - but that's ok ,,, I gave Grandma some and she said she liked them but as she microwaved them for like 5 minutes they were prolly like shoe leather (she won't be getting them again).
I added some thyme and pepper - and they needed salt, but I added that at the table.
11/4/15: As the apples mostly fall apart after such long cooking, I cooked an extra sliced apple or two in some butter to serve with the pork.
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, more as needed
- 3 onions, cut in two and then into thin half-moons
- 8 ounces sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
- ⅓ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 6 boneless pork loin chops (each weighing 6 to 8 ounces)
- 3 medium or 2 large Granny Smith apples
- 2 cups sharp, pressed apple cider
- Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large skillet (I used one dutch oven for everything), heat 3 tablespoons oil and add onions. Saute until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add bacon to pan and saute until fat is rendered and bacon begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon, leaving behind as much fat as possible. Add bacon to onions and set aside.
- In a freezer bag, mix together flour and apple pie spice. Add 3 chops, seal and shake until chops are coated. Shake off excess flour and place chops on a plate. Flour remaining 3 chops and add to plate; reserve spiced flour. Return skillet to medium heat. Add chops 3 at a time, searing on both sides then transferring to a plate; reserve oily skillet.
- Peel, core and cut the apples in two. Slice each half into thin wedges. In an ovenproof pot (preferably glazed ceramic) 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep, layer ingredients compactly as follows: a layer of onions and bacon, 3 chops, a layer of apple slices, some more onions and bacon, the final 3 chops, a layer of apple slices, remaining onions and bacon, and a final layer of apples.
- Add spiced flour to oily skillet. If pan is dry, add a small amount of oil. Place pan over medium-low heat and whisk flour into oil to make a smooth paste. Slowly add apple cider, whisking until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil, then pour into pot, letting it filter slowly to bottom.
- Cover pot with a lid or waxed paper and foil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake until chops are tender and apples are very soft, about 3 hours. Serve hot.