I live for summer. In m opinion, it’s the best time of year, usually the least stressful of seasons – full of beach days, picnics, hiking, BBQs, camping, gardening, etc. Pretty much, all the things I consider fun. The fall is a bit more stressful, as we go into a holiday season. However, based on facebook status updates, I know that many people actually love this time of year. This year, instead of immediately getting the winter blues as soon as the weather drops below 60, I decided to embrace some of the things people love about fall. I kicked it off with the below recipe. I will admit, there was something really cozy about filling the house with the smell of apples and cinnamon, on a crisp, but clear fall day. Btw, this was a couple of weeks ago because right now, it’s been warmer all week than it was all summer.
4 bone-in pork chops
*16 ounces apple cider
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 bay leaf
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1/2-1 teaspoon red chili flakes
*I actually couldn’t find apple cider at the store I went to, so I used this instead & it worked pretty well. The honey in it gave the pork a nice flavor.
- If you’re using apple cider, use 12 ounces and add 4 ounces of water.
- If using the above apple cider vinegar drink, don’t need to add water, it’s already diluted.
- Add salt, bay leaves, garlic, and chili flakes to your liquid of choice and mix well. Pour over pork chops, cover bowl, and chill, for at least 3 hours and up to 1 day. I did 24 hours, and the pork turned out really tender.
- Preheat oven to 325º. Remove pork chops from the brine and blot dry.
- Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
- Add pork chops and cook until browned on both sides.
- Lay chops in a single layer in a baking pan and bake until barely pink in the center. Mine took 15 to 20 minutes.
3 to 4 apples, tarter varieties would be better
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Cut the apples into thin slices, remove core and seeds.
- Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat, when pan is warm add coconut oil.
- As soon as the oil is melted, add the apples, and toss to coat evenly with oil
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and add vanilla, and toss again.
- Saute until apples are soft and lightly browned.
- Serve over pork.