Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Favorite Pork Chops

You can never have enough easy meals under your belt, especially when you insist on continuing to breed as I do.  In addition, the people I produce are p-i-c-k-y.  They turn their noses up at most things and it takes a very compelling argument to change their minds.  But...  somehow, they like pork.  And not just the hot dog variety. 
Pork can be very boring... unless it's bacon.  Bacon is perfect and could never be boring.  I digress.  Because of their odd appreciation for pork, I have collected a few different quick and easy pork chop recipes, this one being my favorite.  It is sweet, tangy, and the best part...  it's fast.

Applesauce Pork Chops
4 pork chops, patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. applesauce
2 Tbsp. Dijon
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/8 tsp. cayenne
Heat small amount of oil in large skillet over medium high heat until it ripples.  Add chops to pan and fry until browned on one side, flip and brown other side.  Don't try to cook them through in this step.
While chops cook, whisk together remaining ingredients.
Remove chops to plate and pour off excess fat.
Return chops to pan and pour in sauce, turning chops to coat.  Lower heat to medium and continue to cook until chops are done and sauce is slightly thickened (it should be the consistency of barbecue sauce).  If sauce seems to runny for your liking, remove chops to serving plate and crank up heat to thicken sauce to where you like it.  Pour sauce over chops and serve.
I like to serve these with rice and a green veggie.

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