After taking the month of December off along with the rest of group D from the Secret Recipe Club, we are finally back! While I was on that break, I had the opportunity of cleaning my recipe index up a bit, and realized that I hadn't posted a lot of main dishes in 2014. That didn't make any sense, since I cook a main dish everyday for my family. So I decided to step-up my blog game, and share more of the dishes my family and I enjoy on a regular basis.
My assigned blog this month is Making Miricles, a blog owned and written by Rebekah, an interesting woman with quite the history. Her parents traveled for their jobs, so she had the chance to see quite a few places as she grew up, even Africa! She married her high school sweetheart, and they have created some fascinating adventures themselves. Intrigued? Check out her About page to discover more of her story.
Several of Rebekah's recipes caught my eye, such as her Emily's Famous Popcorn, and Banana Pudding Cupcakes. But since I want to post more main dishes, that's where I concentrated my search and was rewarded for my efforts when I found her Baked Pork Chops with Applesauce, As soon as I seen the title of the recipe, I was reminded of an old Brady Bunch episode where Peter asks his mom and Alice what's for dinner, and when they tell him, "Pork chops and applesauce" he repeats it in his best Humphrey Bogart impersonation. I was sold, pork chops it was.
I made a few minor changes to the recipe to adapt it to my families tastes. I didn't use any broth so the applesauce would remain thick and stay on top of the chops, left out the chili powder because of a medical condition I have, and reduced the cooking time by a few minutes. The result was a moist and delicious dish that my family gobbled up. I served the chops with turnip greens and green onion sauteed in a little olive oil, salt and minced garlic, and it made quite the tasty meal.
Baked Pork Chops with Applesauce
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 large bay leaf
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
4 pork chops
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic and bay leaf in a medium bowl and set aside.
Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Season the chops with salt and pepper and sear them on both sides. (About 2 - 3 minutes per side).
When chops are browned, lay them in a greased baking dish, single layer, and spoon the applesauce mixture over them.
Cover with foil and bake 30 - 40 minutes, (depending on the thickness of the chops) or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Thank you for the delicious recipe Rebekah. I had fun browsing your blog this month, and learning more about you!