There was an excess of apples and e hint of autumn in the air. What better way to use the apples than to serve them with a lovely bit of pork and some delicious cranberries. These, plus sage and thyme all demand to fill the air after a long walk in the crisp autumn air. And who can deny them? Not me! 😉
Get four or six lovely pork chops, just demands in thickness and what have you, one or two apples (your choice) a can of cranberry sauce (I like to use one that has some whole cranberries) and away you go.
Okay there is actually a recipe, one that’s flexible and cooks in like 50 mins
2 apples , cored and thinly sliced (use whatever type you like and slice as thin or thick as your heart desire, because why not!)
4 boneless pork chops, 1 in thick or 6 that are thinner (whatever you have)
2/3 cup (150 mL) whole berry cranberry sauce (about 1/2 can)
1 scant tbsp. soy sauce ( give or take, I tend to use less just because)
1 1/2 tsp sage leaves (dried) alter to your taste
1 tsp dehydrated minced garlic (or use fresh, I hate the smell of my fingers with fresh so I used dry)
1 tsp thyme leaves (dried)
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. paprika
Keep in mind you can pretty much do as you wish, add cinnamon and remove other flavors, it is flexible like a gymnast after all! 😊
So what to do with all this stuff?
Start by spreading half of the thinly sliced apples evenly over bottom of 13×9 in baking dish. (I always lightly oil mine for easier clean up. Butter works awesome too!)
Next is the challenging part, put those lovely pork chops on top of the apples. Follow with the challenge bit of setting this aside. Seriously.
It should look a bit like this:
Yes I sprinkled some green onion on it because again, why not!
Next, roll up your sleeves and get ready to work your bicep.
In a bowl combine cranberry sauce, spices (use more or less or different combination than what’s listed above) and soy sauce. Stir until nicely blended, no burning in the bicep yet because, well I lied, this is easy!😉
Now this next bit requires attention to detail, spoon the sauce mixture evenly over pork chops and top it all off with the remaining sliced apples.
Some heavy lifting now as you put it in your oven, which you’ve preheated to
350F and bake for 40-50 minutes or until the pork is no longer saying oink! 😉
See easy, and versatile too! 😊