Apples, Apples, Apples!

It’s Apple Season!

It’s officially apple season here in Missouri which means I’ll be cooking lots of apple type things for awhile. This is what naturally happens when you eat seasonal foods.

Don’t you get tired of having apples for two months straight?

I don’t. You know why? Because I haven’t been having apples the whole rest of the year and NOW is the time that apples are in their prime. I’m not eating OKAY tasting apples. I’m eating exciting apples that are full of flavor!

I’m also not eating them the same way every time. There’s diversity in cooking. Mix it up! Cook them! Make them sweet! Make them savory! 

One way that I love to make apples is to pop them in a skillet with about a tsp of butter cook them until they’re starting to brown. Then at the very end I sprinkle them with cinnamon. The whole process takes about 3 minutes, give or take a couple, but it’s an entirely different experience from eating a raw apple.

I love having these with my breakfast.

Or… what if we made our apples savory?

Apples go very nicely with other fall flavors like onions, cranberries, pecans, squash and pork chops. I’m sure you’ve seen something like this at a nice restaurant. Why not make it at home?

Here’s a quick easy dish for you to try. I’ve made it for lots of people and they have always really enjoyed it.

Autumn Pork Chops + Apples

Ingredients

  • Pork Chops, cut into strips
  • 1-2 Medium Sweet Onion, cut into wedges
  • 4-6 Small Apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 C Cranberry Juice

Directions:

  1. Cut apples and onions into wedges. Keep separated and set aside.
  2. Cut pork chop into strips. Sprinkle strips generously with pumpkin pie spice and pepper (equal amounts of both).
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add strips to the pan and sear on both sides. Remove from pan and leave the drippings and oil. (Note: These will not be 100% cooked through. Don’t worry. They’re going back in later. If you cook them all the way now, they’ll be overdone by the time you eat them at the table.)
  4. Add onion to the pan and cook until just starting to change color (translucent), then add the apples. Sprinkle generously with pumpkin pie spice and pepper.
  5. Brown apples and onions slightly, but keep them from getting mushy. Once browned but still crisp, add cranberry juice and pork chop strips and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and enjoy!

A Note to the Diabetics: Carbohydrate content of an apple depends on the size of the apple. Here’s a quick picture to demonstrate the carbohydrate content of a small, medium, and large apple. Remember, fruit (like apples) is a great way to spend your carbohydrate budget. 

 

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