If you’re my age, you probably remember the classic episode of The Brady Bunch where Peter, after being told he was boring and had no personality, does a horrible Bogart impression while asking Alice what they were having for dinner.
It was, of course, “Pork Chops and Applesauce.”
I, personally, love pork paired with fruit of just about any kind – if you’ve been reading here for any time at all, you know peaches are a particular favorite. But when you have a dozen jars of homemade applesauce in your basement and are feeding two ravenous teenage boys on a Saturday night, it just seems sensible to go with this classic combination.
They will devour it.
I spiced the pork chops with turmeric, cardamom, curry, cumin and cloves (hey – I spent all that money on those spices, I might as well use them) before pan frying and the warm, Indian spices paired surprisingly well with the lean loin chops and applesauce.
This is a quick, simple and delicious dish that is Whole30 compliant if your applesauce has no added sugar. If you don’t eat pork, this work work equally well – and be just as quick and easy – with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. If you serve the pork chops without the applesauce, this comes in at about 1 gram of carbohydrate and under 300 calories.
- 8 boneless pork loin chops, about 3 ounces each
- 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- pinch ground cloves
- pinch cayenne pepper
- pinch allspice
- 2 tablespoons lard or other cooking fat
- 1 cup Homemade Applesauce
- Mix all of the ingredients except the pork chops, lard and applesauce in a small bowl. Rub the pork chops with the spice mixture and allow to rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Melt the lard in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the pork chops until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Lower the temperature to medium-low; cover and continue to cook until the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 F, another 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove the chops from the skillet; cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving the applesauce.
- Nutrition (per serving): 321 calories, 12.5g total fat, 118.4mg cholesterol, 555.8mg sodium, 762.2mg potassium, 12.4g carbohydrates, 2.4g fiber, 8.9g sugar, 38.4g protein