Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Apple Pork Chops and Seasoned Mashed Potatoes

I'm going to be honest here:  the Apple Pork Chop recipe is not mine, it's McCormick's. You can find it on the back of the "Apple and Sage Pork Chops" seasoning packet. However, I love it so much, and they include the whole recipe on the card, so I had to share it. I even included a picture! Also, I made this with mashed potatoes tonight, and it came out great. I lightly season my potatoes, which turns out great with any dish. So, to recap, Apple Pork Chops = McCormick,  Lightly Seasoned Mashed Potatoes = Mine! Enjoy :)

McCormick's Apple and Sage Pork Chops (serves 4)
4 boneless pork chops (medium-thick cut), about 1.25-1.5 lbs
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp sage
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp thyme leaves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 medium apples (they say red, I always use green. They hold up better), pealed and thinly sliced
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tbsp brown sugar

Mix the flour, all the spices and the salt  in a small dish or wide bowl. Rub a scoop of the mix all over each chop, enough to lightly coat. Reserve the rest of the mix.
Heat the oil in a large skillet to medium-high heat. Brown the chops on both sides very well (especially if they are thick). Remove from the skillet. Add the onion and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add the apples and cook another minute.
Stir in the apple juice, brown sugar, and rest of the seasoning mix. Push everything to the edges of the pan and add the pork chops back, with any juices that have collected on the plate. Bring the juice to a light simmer and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, or until chops are done, or light pink in the middle. **The FDA recently revoked the warning to cook pork until it is white. I always cook mine until it is light pink in the middle, and then let it rest for 10-15 minutes. It will be cooked perfectly when it's done resting.** Remove and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Lightly Seasoned Mashed Potatoes
2 medium potatoes, pealed, diced and boiled
1/2 - 2/3 cup of milk
1/2 tbsp butter
a scant 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper

Add the butter and seasonings to the potatoes. Mash well. Gradually add milk until it's to the desired consistency.

This is what mine looked like when it was done tonight. I forgot to take a picture before I cut it up...sorry!

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