Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pork and Apples

This is what my house smells like right now! Grilled pork and perfectly seasoned apples. I used to say I didn't like meat with fruit. I have so gotten over that! Fruit juices have long been used in marinades for meat, since the acid in fruits acts as a natural tenderizer. And the combination of sweet, juicy fruits with rich, savory, tender meats is absolutely to-die-for! And fried pork chops and sugar-laden applesauce has long been a Fall dinner table staple. This recipe yields all the great taste of a classic, but with less calories and no crap. A win-win!

Caveat...I made this tonight for six families. When cooking for that many people, I don't necessarily follow the same steps as when I'm cooking for myself. This is a case in point. To work with 15 pounds of pork, I seasoned them and grilled them outside. I cooked the apples in roasting pans, and then combined the two. Since this is how I cooked it, these are the pictures I have. But the recipe will be written as if I were cooking for one family...most importantly, all cooking is accomplished in one skillet.

Pork and Apples

Season pork with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. You can use pork loin or a nice chop, even pork steaks. Heat large skillet to very hot and then add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add pork, cook until nicely browned (about a minute or two), flip and repeat on other side. Remove meat to a plate.

Add chopped green onions and sliced apples to the pan. Season with salt, pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. Cook for about two minutes, then add pork chops back in. At this point you can do a couple different things...

a) either put lid on skillet, decrease heat, and cook until pork is cooked through.

b) slip skillet (only if oven proof) into a 350 degree oven to finish cooking.

c) you can also add white wine to the pan before slipping the pork back in and finishing the cooking. It depends on how strictly paleo you want to keep things.

This is really quick, really easy, and super delicious. You can even swing this for non paleo company and they won't look askance at it! Enjoy!

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