Thursday, September 27, 2018

Apple Cider Pork Chop Skillet

What is brining?

Brining is soaking meat in a liquid solution with salt in it. Brining actually changes the cell structure of the meat. It breaks down some of the muscle tissue, helping the meat draw in moisture. And it also seasons the interior of the meat. Brining does not make your meat salty. It keeps it juicy, and it will taste well-seasoned.

It’s always a good idea to brine lean cuts of meat, even if you only have 15 minutes.

Because brining helps with the flavor of the meat, it’s always good to brine with a solution that’s flavorful.

Apple cider gives it a wonderful subtle flavor. I also added rosemary to the bine since I’ll be using a lot of rosemary in the dish.

The best way to brine is to lay your meat in a single layer in a shallow dish and pour the brine on top.

Let the pork chops sit undisturbed for one half to 2 hours before cooking.

Because this is a fall harvest meal, I’m using fall produce to complete the dish. Sweet potatoes, vidalia onions, and of course, honey crisp apples work really well with the flavors. The pork chops don’t cook that long in the oven, so make sure to cut the produce up in small enough pieces so it becomes tender.

Apple Cider Pork Chop Skillet
Yield: Serves 2 people
Part One: For the brine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • Rosemary (about 2 sprigs)
  • Two (4-ounce) pork chops
Part Two: For the skillet
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped in bite-size pieces
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped in large chunks
  • 2 honey crisp apples, chopped and cored
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary
Part Three: For the gravy
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Challenge butter
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  1. Combine apple cider, salt and rosemary. Pour over two pork chops in a shallow dish. Let sit undisturbed in refrigerator for 1/2 to 2 hours. Discard brine when finished.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Place large cast iron skillet in oven so it heats up while you’re prepping the pork chops.
  4. Remove pork chops from brine and pat try.
  5. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and rub with olive oil. Set aside.
  6. Combine sweet potato, apple and onion in large bowl with olive oil and rosemary. Set aside.
  7. Remove skillet from oven and place on stovetop on medium high heat.
  8. Add oil to skillet and brown pork chops on one side. Set pork chops aside.
  9. Wipe away excess oil with paper towel.
  10. Add apple cider, Worcestershire sauce, and dijon mustard to skillet. Simmer for about 2 minutes on medium-high heat.
  11. Whisk in butter, flour and bay leaves and simmer for an additional minute.
  12. Return pork chops, sweet potato, apples and onion to skillet, and sprinkle with rosemary.
  13. Bake about 20 minutes.
  14. Remove from oven and serve by first spooning some of the apple cider gravy on top of the pork chops.
Recipe adapted from What Should I Make For...


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  2. Brining actually alters the cell arrangement of the meat. It stops working a number of the muscular tissue, so helping the meat draw moisture. And additionally, it seasons the inner of the meat. Brining doesn't create your beef succulent. It keeps it succulent, and it's going to taste well-seasoned.

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  3. Thanks for sharing a such a healthy and interesting recipe of apple cider pork chop skillet....keep sharing such a new and interesting recipes.
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