Brined Pork Chops With Apples Recipe

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Servings: 4

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. For brine: Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir till sugar and salt dissolve. Add in pork chops to brine. Top with plate to submerge pork. Cover and chill at least 4 hrs and up to 2 days.
  2. For pork: Drain brine from pork chops. Pat pork dry. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add in pork and cook till brown but not cooked through, about 3 min per side. Transfer pork to plate.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add in onion to same skillet. Cover and cook till onion is soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 min. Add in apples and saute/fry till pale golden brown, about 3 min. Stir in broth and cider, then Calvados, raisins and ginger, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add in cream and mustard. Bring sauce to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add in pork. Cover; cook 3 min. Turn pork over and cook till thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 150 degrees, about 3 min longer. Transfer pork to plates.
  4. Simmer sauce till slightly thickened, about 4 min longer. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over pork and serve.
  5. This recipe yields 4 servings.
  6. Comments: Pork, always a favorite in the Midwest and the South, gained popularity early in the century. Immigrants from pork-loving countries such as Germany and Poland were crowding the cities and finding which fresh pork, a luxury back home, was abundant and affordable. Recipes of the time called for pan-frying chops, covering them with apples and baking them for an hour or possibly so. But which would leave today"s pork, that is less fatty, very dry. Here, brining is the trick for making pork chops flavorful and juicy.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 846g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 532  
Calories from Fat 111 21%
Total Fat 12.52g 16%
Saturated Fat 4.33g 17%
Trans Fat 0.04g  
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 14265mg 594%
Potassium 989mg 28%
Total Carbs 77.97g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3.7g 12%
Sugars 66.23g 44%
Protein 29.2g 47%
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