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Chuletas con Manzanas

Pork chops with apples!

Serves 2

4 each thin-cut, bone-in center-cut pork chops*

1 cup unfiltered apple cider

1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar OR B grade Maple syrup (no pancake syrup, B grade is darker & richer, You can use regular A grade maple syrup, if that’s what’s in your pantry)

1 Tbsp. Kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Tiniest pinch of ground mace

1 3-4” branch fresh rosemary

3 ripe red jalapenos, sliced thin (Remove seeds if you like it mild. We like about half seeded, half not.)

2 large apples, peeled, cored, sliced ¼” thick

1 large sweet onion, peeled, sliced thin

1-2 Tbsps. vegetable oil

 

Marinate pork chops with cider, sugar/syrup, salt, pepper, mace and rosemary overnight in a ziplock bag placed in a bowl or pie tin to catch any spills. The best spot for this in your ‘fridge is the bottom shelf.

Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add oil and heat it until it shimmers.

Pat dry the pork chops, reserving the marinade and rosemary branch.

Cook chops for 4 minutes per side, then move to a warm platter and cover with foil to rest.

Turn heat up to medium-high, add apples and onions and cook until onions begin to brown.

Add reserved marinade and rosemary and sliced red chiles to the pan with the apples and onions.

Bring to a full boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes, or until sauce in thickened.

Turn off heat and remove rosemary branch from pan.

Slice meat from chops. Lay a nice bed of the apple-onion-chile mixture on a warm plate and top with the sliced meat. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig, if desired.

This is great with some simply steamed brown basmati rice or roasted sweet potato wedges.

*Try this with lamb chops, too!

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