Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Baked Apple & Raisin Pork Chops

We were in Pathmark the other day and there was a "Manager's Special" on Pork Chops. They were just crazily cheap! 10 thick, super large and juicy pork chops for only $6.99!! This are not those tiny pieces of pork chop but really thick and HUGE pieces. So, we happily bought a pack :D I have pan fried some up as well as tried to marinade it with the Teriyaki sauce that I have sitting in the refrigerator. I wanted to try something different today, so I made some Baked Apple and Raisin Pork Chops!
I started off by marinating the pork chops. I used McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal seasoning. You can pretty much use any type of seasoning that you like. I love this marinade because it contains all kinds of different herbs as well as green pepper, paprika, onion, garlic, orange peel, lemon peel, sea salt and red pepper powder. Just place the pork chops in a Ziploc bag, add in the seasoning and about 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix the pork chops with the seasoning and let it marinade for at least a couple of hours. As usual, I would let mine sit and marinade overnight in the refrigerator.

The first step to making this dish is to brown the pork chops in a skillet. This is to give the pork chops some color as well as drain some of the fat from the chops. You do not need to fully cook the pork chops, just sear it until it turns golden brown.

Once, that's done, remove it from the skillet and set it aside.

Core and cut some apples into slices. Arrange it at the bottom of a baking dish.

Sprinkle some raisins and cinnamon onto the apples. Then, pour about half a stick of melted butter over the apples.

Place the pork chops over the apples.

Slice up more apples and arrange them on top of the pork chops. Sprinkle some raisins and some sugar on the apples. Pour the remaining half stick of melted butter on the apples.

Cover it with aluminium foil and place it in a preheated oven (350F). Set the timer for about an hour.

After an hour, remove the baking dish from the oven. The Baked Apple and Raisin Pork Chops are done! The smell is just lovely, it smells like a mix of freshly baked apple pie and BBQ!

Here it is! I served the pork chops up with some Creamy Herb and Butter Mash Potatoes. The pork chops goes so well with the apples, it's just a perfect pairing. I will definitely have to make more of this in the not too distant future!!


Mark said...

I made these chops for my folks today, and they turned out great! They took a little longer than what the recipe said, but that was just fine. They went really well with some rice on the side and carrot cake for dessert. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

Charlene n Kevin said...

I'm glad you like it. I guess the lenght of time in oven really depends on the thickness and size of the chops. Glad it worked out well though :D