I love making dinner for friends and neighbors that might be in need of a little break, such as after having a baby or surgery. A friend of mine just underwent hip surgery so I had an excuse to experiment in the kitchen! Apples are now in season and plentiful so the menu started with a homemade applesauce of simmered chopped apples, water and agave nectar.
Since pork pairs well with apples, I decided to try an Apple Cider Barbequed Pork Chop recipe, adapted from a recipe recently published in the Food Network Magazine. . The key to success to this recipe is the first step: allowing the chops to soak in a mixture of brown sugar (1/4 cup), warm water (2 cups) and salt (1/4 cup), to create a moist meat product.
As the chops soaked in the brine, I heated the sauce in a saucepan- ¼ cup apple cider (Happy Apples, Washington, MO), 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 3 cloves minced garlic and 2 tablespoons minced ginger.
The brine was discarded, the chops grilled, along with Roma tomatoes and onions. To finish the dish and to allow all of the ingredients to blend, the pork chops were placed in a baking dish with the sauce, tomatoes, and onions and baked at a low temp (250) for about an hour.
The reviews were terrific- definitely worth making again the next time a friend needs a meal!