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Pork Chop Pear & Apple Bake

December 18, 2009 Recipe Roundup No Comments
Pork Chop Bake Serving

Pork Chop Bake Serving

Here is a recipe you can make if you are having a special dinner, and want to impress, but have something easy to make.   Next time, we might try it with peaches or nectarines.

Pork Chop Pear & Apple Bake

  • 2 red apples and 2 pears (any variety of each you prefer)
  • 4 tbsp. onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • fresh basil (can use dried)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4  1-inch-thick pork chops, boneless or butterfly type
  • Mrs. Dash Original seasoning (or salt & pepper if you prefer)
  • fresh mint leaves (optional)
    Pork Chop Bake in Pan

    Pork Chop Bake in Pan

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Core apples and pears from the bottom, leaving the stem intact.
  2. Mash together onion, 1 tbsp. butter, and brown sugar.  Stuff mixture into hollowed-out apples and pears.  Insert a basil leaf or two.  Stand the apples and pears, stuffed side up, in a baking dish.  Add apple juice and water and bake until apples and pears are soft, about 1 hour.  (Our test kitchen hint:  If you want, you can substitute wine or organic chicken broth instead of the apple juice for a different flavor.)
  3. Heat remaining tbsp. of butter, olive oil and about 8 basil leaves in a heavy skillet.  Sprinkle chops with Mrs. Dash Original seasoning or salt and pepper, if you prefer.  Place in skillet and cook, approximately 6 minutes per side (if you have thicker pork chops).  (Our test kitchen hint:  We used a large electric skillet/buffet server.  That way, you can add the apples and pears to the meat and use to serve in while keeping the entree warm.)
  4. To Serve: Top each chop with a baked apple or pear, stem side up, or you can serve the fruit on the side of the meat.  Combine remaining liquid from fruit-baking dish with juices left in pan.  Drizzle over chops and sprinkle with fresh chopped basil leaves or mint leaves.  Your side dish can be anything from a green salad, to any type of prepared potatoes, wild rice pilaf would be nice, also any type steamed vegetables will do just fine.  (Our test kitchen hint:  If you don’t have fresh basil, try fresh rosemary sprigs for a different flavor.)

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