Sautéed Apples and Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 3 small apples, or one large
  • 1 large onion (uncooked volume will be >apples)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, whole
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • brown sugar
  • white wine vinegar
  • ~1/2 cup chicken stock

Marinade:

  • ~2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • few pinches of cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves, whole
  • few pinches of fennel
  • salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. combine dry ingredients of marinade and pulse in blender.
  2. pound chops to tenderize, coat in dry rub and marinate in vinegar ~ several hours
  3. preheat oven 420F
  4. in medium dutch oven, heat 1-2 tbs oil. pan sear chops ~ 2 min a side until golden brown. remove and set aside.
  5. in remaining oil, saute onions and apples  5 – 10 min until soft. adding mustard, rest of the whole fennel seeds, sugar, and salt to taste.
  6. replace chops on top of apple mixture.
  7. bake 420F 15 min, uncovered.
  8. remove chops and tent in aluminum foil. set aside.
  9. pour more chicken stock if apples are too dry. add a few dashes of white wine vinegar and reduce until sauce is thick.
  10. plate chops and spoon over apple mixture. serve w/ greens!

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