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Monday, January 26, 2015

Baked Pork Chops with Applesauce {SRC}

After taking the month of December off along with the rest of group D from the Secret Recipe Club, we are finally back! While I was on that break, I had the opportunity of cleaning my recipe index up a bit, and realized that I hadn't posted a lot of main dishes in 2014. That didn't make any sense, since I cook a main dish everyday for my family. So I decided to step-up my blog game, and share more of the dishes my family and I enjoy on a regular basis.

My assigned blog this month is Making Miricles, a blog owned and written by Rebekah, an interesting woman with quite the history. Her parents traveled for their jobs, so she had the chance to see quite a few places as she grew up, even Africa! She married her high school sweetheart, and they have created some fascinating adventures themselves. Intrigued? Check out her About page to discover more of her story.



Several of Rebekah's recipes caught my eye, such as her Emily's Famous Popcorn, and Banana Pudding Cupcakes. But since I want to post more main dishes, that's where I concentrated my search and was rewarded for my efforts when I found her Baked Pork Chops with Applesauce, As soon as I seen the title of the recipe, I was reminded of an old Brady Bunch episode where Peter asks his mom and Alice what's for dinner, and when they tell him, "Pork chops and applesauce" he repeats it in his best Humphrey Bogart impersonation. I was sold, pork chops it was.


I made a few minor changes to the recipe to adapt it to my families tastes. I didn't use any broth so the applesauce would remain thick and stay on top of the chops, left out the chili powder because of a medical condition I have, and reduced the cooking time by a few minutes. The result was a moist and delicious dish that my family gobbled up. I served the chops with turnip greens and green onion sauteed in a little olive oil, salt and minced garlic, and it made quite the tasty meal.

Baked Pork Chops with Applesauce

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 large bay leaf
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
4 pork chops
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic and bay leaf in a medium bowl and set aside.
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Season the chops with salt and pepper and sear them on both sides. (About 2 - 3 minutes per side).
When chops are browned, lay them in a greased baking dish, single layer, and spoon the applesauce mixture over them.
Cover with foil and bake 30 - 40 minutes, (depending on the thickness of the chops) or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Serve immediately.

Thank you for the delicious recipe Rebekah. I had fun browsing your blog this month, and learning more about you!



31 comments:

  1. I'm so glad this one turned out well for you - I remember that dish and finding it under-seasoned so I'm glad you were able to tweak it to get it "right" for your family; maybe we'll have to give it another try with a couple adjustments. I love pork and apples together!

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    1. It was really tasty Rebekah and seasoned well. Probably because I didn't add the broth, it didn't get watered down maybe? It makes an easy and fairly quick dinner, a big plus in my book.

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  2. Those pork chops are making me hungry!

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  3. The perfect pairing....they look delicious.

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  4. This looks delicious! Like an excellent dinner!

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  5. Pork goes so well with apples, and I like the tweaks you made in the recipe too...

    great choice for your first assignment of the year!

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  6. They look incredible. I would love to try them. I have never had pork chops and applesauce.

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  7. These look amazing! Pork chops and applesauce is one of my most favorite things for dinner. I cannot wait to try this recipe out. Happy Recipe Day!!

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  8. That looks wonderful! I forget to post main courses too even though I make dinner all the time =) Great choice.

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  9. Sounds delicious! I'll have to add it to our menu.

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  10. I haven't had pork chops in ages, this made me want to pick some up to make for dinner!

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  11. Happy Reveal Day! The perfect paring of ingredients~ Lynn

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  12. We'll have to try this. It sounds a bit healthier than how we usually make it!

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  13. We love pork chops, but never tired them with apple sauce. I need to give it a try.

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  14. I have never tried pork and apples together! Sounds good!

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  15. YUM!!! this makes me think of my dad, he loves this combo... I don't cook much pork for my family, looks like I should try!

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  16. Such a classic combo! Reminds me of my childhood!!!!

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  17. Baked porkchops are heavenly! My grandma used to make this.

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  18. I love apples with pork! It makes such a good pairing.

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  19. Delicious! I love pork chops and haven't had them in awhile. I'm always looking for better recipes. I'll have to try this one out.

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  20. Pork Chops & Apple Sauce go together like PB & J!

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  21. Yum! This sounds so delicious! I love anything with apples!

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  22. Haha, I totally read your title in Peter Brady's voice! This recipe looks great. Very much a recipe from my childhood. Awesome choice this month :)

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  23. Love, love, love pork chops. In fact I would go so far as to say that a good pork chop is the one thing that stands between my ability to become a vegetarian!! Needless to say, this has my name all over it.

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  24. It looks wonderful! My in laws used to make something similar and my kids loved it...I should try it myself! Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. What a great classic! I don't make pork often enough and that needs to change!! This sounds delish!

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  26. I was just talking to my mom today about how I wanted to make a new pork chop recipe! I'll have to save this one for later :) Thanks for sharing!

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  27. My husband loves pork chops. I bet he'd love this version. Sounds so good!

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  28. I love Rebekah's blog - great selection.

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