Pork Chops & a Broken Toe

So, yesterday was supposed to be the start of my new fitness plan.  But, I had a few "setbacks". A) The condo had yet to activate my key to open the gym door and my new "friend" Lisa at the front desk was too busy to do it for me. Thanks Lisa. And B) I broke me toe... stubbed it on the bed post.  It's pretty black and blue, and sore, so I'm going with its broken.  It's ok though, I don't bruise, so any time I do get one, it's kind of a big deal.  As in, I make it into a big production and wave it in Steve's face at least 10 times until he's had enough and pokes it. Ouch.

Moving on... Because of these "setbacks", I spent most of the afternoon thinking of the perfect fall recipe that combined the pork chops, onions and green apples we had in the fridge.  I came across this winner and with some minor tweaking, it is definitely going in the books as one of our fall favorites. So, in a twisted way, thank you bed post for colliding with my toe.


Serving size: 2
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 to 40 minutes

Ingredients:
2 bone-in pork chops
coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp olive oil 
2 tbsp butter
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
1 large green apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (white wine or beer can also be used)

Instructions:
+  Generously season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
+  Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat and then swirl with olive oil.
+  Sear each side of the pork chops until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer pork chops to a plate.
+  Swirl the butter into the skillet.  Add the apples and onions.  
+  Saute until the onions are slightly caramelized and the apples are slightly soft, about 10 minutes.
+  Stir in the stock or liquid of choice.  Return the chops to the skillet.
+  Allow the sauce to simmer, cooking the chops until tender, approximately 15 minutes.  
+  Turn the chops half way through and covering with apple mixture.
+  Allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
+  Serve with sides of your choice (we had roasted broccoli, cauliflower and potatoes).







We're always looking for new and creative, yet affordable, recipes.  This recipe was not only delicious, it only cost us around $5 for 2 servings!  That's my kind of dinner.



Do you have any favorite fall recipes?

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9 comments :

  1. This looks pretty delicious! I broadcasted this morning that I was going to start cooking more (i laughed too) so this will definitely be one I have to try.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear about your toe but on the bright side, your dinner looks delicious!

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  3. Oh no! A broken toe is painful! I need to save this recipe; I like that it's healthy but hearty and full of Autumn.

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  4. I'd wave my toe in front of my husband too if it was all black and blue. It would require 24/7 attention until it was all better :)
    And my favorite fall recipes are anything with potatoes in it!

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  5. Mmmm yummy, we had pork chops the other night, too :) Except I got lazy and just used shake-n-bake, haha! Sorry about your broken toe :(

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  6. Boo to broken toe's and this too busy to help Lisa!

    Found ya on a few link ups (photo fridays and wild card wednesdays)

    Have to say, that pic of your wedding with the boots on in the water - TOTALLY LOVE!

    Just made my fave soup of the fall on the weekend - butternut squash - a classic! Also has apples and onions in it ;)

    Hope the toe is feelin better - let the hockey season begin! Going to see The Jets tomorrow - woot - thanks to family season tix!

    .:Marta:.

    ps if you're interested in making the soup here's the link:
    http://petiteraisin.ca/2013/09/22/butternut-squash-soup/

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  7. I think your comments are turned off on your most recent post... but I MUST say that it excites me so to see a fellow Canadian! (And Torontonian at that:)

    Those photos remind me so much of our apartment living, downtown Toronto from just a couple months ago.

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  8. Oh my gosh I am SO trying this soon! Thank you for sharing!!

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