Taking advantage of in-season fruits and vegetables allows you to amplify your seasonal experience, and maximize what your local farmers have to offer at your neighborhood farmers market. As of now, in the North East United States, beautiful crisp apples are filling the stalls at the markets and practically begging to be used in a variety of different ways. In the recipe that follows, I want to give you a great way to incorporate this fruit into your diet, and to make a nutritious sauce that brings the sweetness out of the pork without adding extra fat and salt.
Calories per serving: 392 per serving
Prep time: 6 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Total time: 51 minutes
Sage Pork Chops
1/4 cup white flour
4-5 oz bone-in pork loin chops
3 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup sage, minced
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
5 apples, coursely chopped
1/4 cup cold water
For Sage Pork Chops:
1. Place the white flour on a large plate and dredge the pieces of pork on both sides in the flour.
2. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium/high heat until the surface begins to shimmer. Do not allow the oil to smoke or the pork will have an off flavor. (Cooking the meat at too high of a temperature causes the outside of the meat to burn and the inside remain undercooked.)
3. Place the flour-dredged pork into the shimmering oil, presentation side down. Flip the meat over when it releases easily from the pan, about 7-8 minutes.
4. Turn the pork and cook until firm, about another 6 minutes, depending on thickness.
5. Remove the pork from the pan and place on individual plates. Sprinkle pork with fresh minced sage, and salt and pepper, to taste.
6. Serve with apple sauce (recipe follows).
For Apple Sauce:
1. Wash, peel and coarsely chop apples.
2. Place the apples into a medium size saucepan with cold water, turn the burner on your stove to low and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer for approximately 40 minutes, occasionally stirring the apples as they cook to ensure that they do not stick to the bottom of the pan. If you need more water be sure to only add 2 tablespoons at a time.
3. After 40 minutes, apples should be soft enough to smash with a spoon.
4. Place cooked apples in a food processor. If you do not have a food processor you can also smash the apples with a fork until you’ve created a smooth consistency.
5. Serve as a condiment to pork, or enjoy it as healthy snack.