Pork Chops with Drunken Apples

Last night my daughter made the best pork chops! It was a wonderful break from the kitchen for me and the recipe was truly a keeper!

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What you’ll need:

  • 5 thick pork chops
  • Cannola oil
  • 3 tbls brown sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbls unsalted butter
  • 3 granny smith apples (tart apples), peeled, cored and sliced.
  • Pecans (optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat.
  3. Brush chops lightly with oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Place in hot pan.
  4. Cook each side 5-6 minutes.
  5. Transfer to glass baking dish and place in preheated oven.
  6. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Time may vary depending on thickness of chops. For thin chops time will be shorter.
  7. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt and pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  8. Add butter to skillet and stir in brown sugar mixture and apples.
  9. Cover and cook over medium heat until apples are tender.
  10. Once chops are fully cooked, turn down the heat to 175 degrees.
  11. Remove chops from oven and top with apples. Place back in oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
  12. Once ready to serve, place on plate and top with pecans.







Harvest Sweet Potatoes

Fall is in the air. How about some wonderful Harvest Sweet Potatoes –


What you’ll need:

  • 5 large sweet potatoes (about 5 lb. worth)
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tspn ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans


  1. Wash sweet potatoes. Place on a baking sheet and prick with fork. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until almost tender. Remove from oven. Let stand 45 minutes or until cooled.
  2. Peel and core apples. Slice apples into 1/3″ thick wedges.
  3. In a bowl, toss apple slices with half of lemon juice, set aside.
  4. Once potatoes are cooled, peel and slice to 1/3″ thick.
  5. In a greased 13″ x 9″ baking dish, arrange apples and potatoes alternating slices.
  6. Pour second half of lemon juice over potatoes and apples.
  7. Combine brown sugar, honey, butter, bourbon, cinnamon and ginger in a saucepan. Stir well.
  8. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally; boil 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  9. Promptly pour glaze over potatoes and apples.
  10. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Baste tops with the glaze from the bottom of dish.
  13. Sprinkle nuts across top.
  14. Bake another 14 -16 more minutes or until apples look roasted.
  15. Baste one more time right before serving.
  16. Serves 10 – 12


Courtesy: Christmas with Southern Living 2008, Oxmoor House 2008