Monday, November 12, 2012

Apple Cider Rosemary Pork Chops.

While thinking of what to fix for dinner, I knew I was going to make pork chops.  I figured I would bread and fry them like I normally do but after opening the fridge and seeing the apple cider on the top shelf I had an amazing idea.  Why don't I fix baked apple pork chops?  Sounds pretty good eh?  Well, just so you know...  It really was.  You can't beat that it's so much more healthier then breading and frying them, too.  Win, win!

4 thin pork chops,
2 small apples cut and cored into quarters,
(I think I used Gala, they aren't "baking" apples because they're soft but my family and I enjoyed them.)
1 medium onion peeled and cut into quarters,
2 Teaspoons of dried rosemary pitched and crumbled,
1 cup apple cider,
Salt and pepper.

You'll also need:
Baking dish and foil.

Line your baking dish with foil so your food doesn't stick to the edges and for an easy clean up.
Place all 4 pork chops into baking dish, sprinkle salt and pepper and pitch and crumb dried rosemary over the top of them.  (Side Notes:  When using dried herbs you should always pitch and crumble them because it releases the aromatics and that's whats going to give you flavor.  You can use fresh rosemary if you prefer.)
Cut and core 2 apples and cut each apple into 4 quarter pieces.
Peel and cut the onion into 4 quarter pieces as well.
Place apples and onions on top and along the sides of the baking dish.
I stated 1 cup of apple cider but I didn't really measure it so I'm guessing 1 cup.
I poured the cider into the bottom of the dish until the bottom of the dish was covered.
Place baking dish into a preheated oven set at 400 degrees F, uncovered and for about 30-45 minutes.  Again, I'm guessing because I forgot to look at the clock when I put mine into the oven but if you're a freak about under cooked meat then I highly suggest you insert a meat thermometer into the middle of a pork chop and look for a temperature of 160 degrees F.
After your meat is fully cooked, take them out of the oven and let them set for about 5 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy!

Next time I'm going to mix the apple cider with apple cider vinegar.  I felt like they needed a little more pizazz, not much, just a little.
If you try this recipe and you add a splash of apple cider vinegar, please let me know how it turns out.  I would love to hear your feed back.

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