Friday, February 8, 2013

Apple-Cherry Glazed Pork Chops

Time to try a new supper tonight, and as we haven't had pork chops in a while we figured it was time to "hent" our Low-Salt Cookbook and break out a recipe for Apple-Cherry Glazed Pork Chops on this, the 426th anniversary of the death of Mary, Queen of Scots.

(If anyone can find a link between pork chops and Mary, Queen of Scots, please let me know. I couldn't find one.

It is also the 61st anniversary of our present Queen claiming the throne, by right of conquest.  Or just being allowed to as no-one was paying attention at the time.  Something like that anyway.
This was ridiculously easy to make, with some steamed veg and rice it only took about 20 minutes.

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 boneless pork loin chops
olive oil cooking spray
2/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 small apple, diced
2 tablespoons sliced green onion
2 tablespoons dried tart cherries
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon cornstarch

1. Combine thyme, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Rub onto both sides of pork chops.
2. Spray large skillet with cooking spray.  Add pork chops; cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until barely pink in center, turning once.  Remove chops from skillet; keep warm.
3. Add apple juice, apple slices, green onion and cherries to same skillet.  Simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes or until apple and onion are tender.
4.Whisk water and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth; stir into skillet.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened.  Spoon over pork chops.

We forgot to take pictures until we'd already gotten half into it, so the presentation isn't great.  Plus my monkey thumbs, so, you know.  It was, however, delicious, and probably our new favorite way to do pork chops.

No idea if the kids would eat it, as none of them were here.  Is that cheering I hear?  Couldn't possibly say.

Oh, and a very happy 119th Birthday to Air Vice Marshall William Avery 'Billy' Bishop
(VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED) who was born this day in 1894 in our own city of Owen Sound, and grew up to shoot down 72 German aircraft in World War I, and founded the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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