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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

W4DW-Caramel Apple Pork Chops

October is Pork month and I have an amazing set of guest blogs from the people who know pork the best-the farmers that raise pigs.  The recipe looks amazing!  I can't wait to try Caramel Apple Pork Chops.    

It is October aka PORK-tober which means National Pork Month is among us! As a pig farmer, member of NH Pork Producers Council, and a participant in a number of pork activities on a national level, I am honored and very excited to share with you this delicious pork recipe that the whole family can enjoy. This quick and easy recipe combines all the fall flavors we love, apples, caramel, and my personal favorite, pork. 


To complete the meal, serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable such as green beans or asparagus. And remember that new US Department of Agriculture Guidelines state that pork can be cooked safely to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, as measured by a meat thermometer. This recipe will serve 4.
 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes (more if using a thicker pork chop)
Ingredients:
4 boneless pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium tart red apples, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch wedges
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Instructions:
Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Saut√© chops, 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees F, followed by a 3-minute rest time. Remove; keep warm.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter to skillet; stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or just until apples are tender. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and arrange on top of chops; keep warm. Continue cooking mixture in skillet, uncovered, until sauce thickens slightly. Spoon sauce over apples and chops. Sprinkle with pecans.


For this recipe and other inspiring pork recipes, check out Pork Be Inspired, a program of the National Pork Board

Folks can follow me (Alicia MacLean) on Twitter @NHPorkDork (www.twitter.com/NHPorkDork) and on the very new blog that I co-author, Animal Agriculture Advocate (www.animalagadvocate.blogspot.com). 

Would love it if they followed me via NH Pork Producers Council on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NHPorkProducersCouncil) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/NHPorkProducers). 

Doesn't this sound delicious?  Be sure to go check out the links provided.

Want to see more from Pig Farmers?  Check out the Kansas Pork Association farm families page.  Here is a link to the Condray family and a recipe for Carolina Country Style Ribs.  Better hurry and make this one before it gets too cold to grill.  -A Kansas Farm Mom

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