Sunday, December 7, 2014

Recipe #36: Pork Chops Baked with Apples & Onions in Mustard Sour Cream Sauce, Served with Butter/Maple Syrup Roasted Yams

I think pork is my second love, only to lose out to a good grilled steak.  I love ham, I love bacon, I love pork roast, I love pork chops.   There is very little prep work in this dish, as well as few ingredients, which I know sells a lot of people on a recipe.  I just made this again the other night, and know if you like pork chops as much as I do, you will certainly enjoy this dish.  It can be made with bone-in or boneless chops.   I also roasted some yams in a butter and maple syrup combination, which is shown below.   Remember...pure maple syrup.

2 onions, chopped                                                    2 lbs apples, cored, peeled and sliced thin
2 tbsp butter                                                              1/3 cup dry white wine
4 pork loin chops, about 3/4" thick                      1 cup sour cream, mixed with 1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup Dijon mustard                                             salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish.  Spread the onions and apples in prepared baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.  In a large pan, saute the chops in butter over medium heat until lightly browned on each side--about 7 minutes per side.  Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder on each side.  Remove and arrange in baking dish over the apples and onions.  Deglaze the pan with the white wine, reducing by half, scraping up the brown bits, then drizzle over the chops.  Bake about 45 minutes, or until the chops are tender.  Combine the sour cream/milk mixture with the mustard in a bowl.  Pour over the chops and apples.  Bake another 15 minutes.  Bon appetit!


2 lbs yams, peel and cut into chunks                    2 tbsp each butter and pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt                                                             sprinkling of pepper

In a small saucepan, melt butter, then add maple syrup and whisk together.  Put yams into bowl and pour the butter mixture over.  Toss and coat with a spoon, then spread onto a foil-lined baking sheet with sides.  Bake in oven when you put the apples and onions in.  If baking when not doing the chop recipe, bake for 15 minutes at 400, use a pancake turner to flip the potatoes over, and cook another 10-20 minutes, until potatoes start to carmelize.

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