Apple Cider Pork Chops

Hello Lovely,

Every so often, I cook something that shocks even me. I planned last week Sunday’s dinner. As a family we’re completely lost in terms of how we feel about what happened to my cousin, and my best friend Telia is dealing with her own problems, so I invited her over for some comfort food. My mum made white rice and a salad, but this and my Broccoli Fritters as an appetiser really stole the show.

When planning the dish, I scrolled through Pinterest while in the food store, and immediately chose this recipe. As always, I made a few slight changes, in that I cooked mine in the slow cooker instead of a skillet (because no one in Nassau, fries pork chops) and I skipped the sage. What came out was truly a masterpiece and I’m not saying that just to toot my own horn. And for me the best part isn’t always a good tasting meal, it’s how lovely the photo comes out. I was in a rush when i took these photos, but you can’t even tell. I went with a dark and moody edit to really dramatise the meat, and honestly, my mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.

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The recipe I’m sharing today is what I did, but I’m including a step I accidentally skipped when I was preparing this. And I know you may be tempted to skip the brine in the interest of saving time, but don’t!  It’s worth the time and a little planning. Your taste buds will thank you.

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Apple Cider Pork Chops

Ingredients

Apple Cider Brine

  • 2 cups apple cider

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt

  • 4 fresh sage leaves, rough chopped or torn

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 2 cups ice

Apple Cider Pork Chops

  • 8 bone-in pork chops, 1 inch thick

  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved, and sliced thinly into half moons

  • 1 apple, cored, halved, and sliced thinly into half moons

  • 1/8 cup dry white wine

  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar

  • 1 tsp fresh parsley for garnish

  • kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Apple Cider Brine

  1. Combine the cider, sugar, salt, sage, and garlic in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat just until the sugar and salt are dissolved, stirring frequently.

  2. Remove from the heat and allow the brine to fully cool before pouring it over the chops.

Apple Cider Pork Chops

  1. Place the chops in a baking dish. Pour the cooled brine over the chops, being sure they are fully submerged. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour (or up to 24 hours).

  2. Heat the slow cooker on high. Carefully lay the chops and pour the brine over the chops. Cook for 2.5 hours.

  3. [I forgot to do this] In a skillet, heat to med/high and add the onions and apple slices. Season with salt and pepper, white wine and brown sugar. Cook until the onions and apples are browned and beginning to caramelize, about 8 mins. Remove the onions and apples to a plate and cover to keep warm.

  4. Serve the pork chops with the apples and onions and additional sauce spooned over the top.

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