Yes, you read that right! Now before you discount this recipe for sounding too strange, realize that it is the perfect blend of sweet and salty creating the perfect accent to pork.
Prep time is less than 10 minutes and cook time is 10 minutes so you can easily whip this family favorite meal out with a batch of rice and steamed broccoli for a perfect weeknight meal in less than 30 minutes!
Caramel Apple Pork
4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops (or a pork tenderloin sliced into 3/4 inch thickness)
1 teaspoon olive or grapeseed oil
salt and pepper to taste
8 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tart green apples such as Granny Smith variety, peeled, cored and sliced
Optional: 3-6 tablespoons chopped pecans
1. Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil, season with salt and pepper or special seasoning blend (I like using a lemon and pepper or lemon and rosemary blend) and place into hot pan. Cook 5-6 minutes turning until evenly browned.
2. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, salt and pepper.
3. Melt butter and add the above spice mixture. Add the apples. Cover and cook 3-4 minutes until the apples are tender. Remove apples and place over chops. Keep warm. Continue cooking sauce in skillet uncovered until sauce thickens.
4. Plate the pork and cover with apples, sauce and a sprinkle of chopped pecans. Enjoy.