Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts

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chopsI modified this recipe to utilize the sliced apples that were leftover after we made the Apple Rose Pie. I prepared the pork chops by combining several spices along with brown sugar and fresh rosemary to create a rub. I allowed them to rest for about an hour before I placed them on a baking sheet. I added the seasoned apple slices around the chops and put them in the oven to bake for about 15-20 minutes. I have to say that the rub on the chops was a little heavy on the palette for me. However, my son and hubby enjoyed it, and I was happy to have used up the apples that I had on hand. I guess it was a Win-Win. Served here with Fried Cabbage.


PORK CHOPS WITH ROASTED APPLES AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS (Serves: 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) bone-in, center-cut pork chops
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Gala apple (8 to 9 oz.), cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together first 5 ingredients, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. rosemary, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper in a small bowl. Rub each pork chop with 1/2 tsp. olive oil; rub both sides of each pork chop with brown sugar mixture (about 2 tsp. on each chop).
  2. Whisk together apple cider vinegar and remaining 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. rosemary, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper in a small bowl; slowly whisk in remaining 3 Tbsp. olive oil until blended. Place apples, Brussels sprouts, and 1/4 cup vinegar mixture in a large bowl, and toss to coat.
  3. Place pork chops in center of a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan; place apple mixture around pork chops.
  4. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes; turn pork chops over, and bake 10 to 14 minutes more or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 140°. Transfer pork chops to a serving platter, and cover with foil to keep warm. Stir apple mixture in sheet pan, and spread into an even layer.
  5. Increase oven temperature to broil, and broil apple mixture 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and slightly charred. Transfer apple mixture to a medium bowl. Toss together apple mixture and remaining vinegar mixture. Season with kosher salt, and serve with pork chops.

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I am a blogger who would rather talk than write. I enjoy traveling, family time, friends and food/fine dining. I have made some real efforts in the kitchen lately, and I blog in order to document and motivate myself to: 1.) fully use all of the fresh ingredients in my kitchen and 2.) cook healthy, creative meals.

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