Thursday, December 12, 2013

Live & Learn Thursday: Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

Life As Always

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah from Life As Always!  She and three other ladies have recently started hosting Live & Learn Thursday.  You can write about anything you have in mind: a new recipe, a life lesson, celebrity name it, you can share it! 

Today, I'm sharing a new recipe I tried last week.  I had pinned this to my I Love Food board on Pinterest quite some time ago, and I finally got around to giving it a try.

Here's the original pin:

I'm sharing this today because I learned quite a lot by making this:
1. My husband hates these pork chops.  Not this recipe exactly, but he's never liked this particular kind of pork chops we buy.  Thanks for telling me....  He also doesn't like pork loin (which the original recipe calls for). 
2. Despite my compensations, these pork chops are just dry.  (Apparently, I don't really like them either).
3. This was easy to make, and the flavor was really good which is why I am going to share what I did despite the shortcomings! :)
~2.5-3 lbs boneless porkchops
~3 Red Delicious Apples, sliced
I did not measure the cinnamon and honey at all...
1. Slice the apples, and put about half of the slices in the bottom of the slow cooker.

2. Sprinkle with cinnamon. (I also added some water to the slow cooker at this stage.  I had read on the original recipe blog that some people commented that this was dry.  The slow cooker she uses does not allow moisture to escape.  Mine is not that good.  lol  SO I went ahead an compensated for this right away.)
3. Cut a slit in each pork chop, drizzle in a little honey, and insert an apple slice.
4. Place the pork chops in the slow cooker, and drizzle with honey.  (At this point, I also added a little more flavored liquid.  I poured in the juice from the plate on which I defrosted the pork chops.  You could use wine or something you have on had.  I had a little champagne, so I poured in about 1 T.  Then I put in about 1 tsp. of Red Wine Vinegar). 
5. Put the rest of the apple slices on top.
6. Drizzle a little in a little more honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.

7. Cook on low for 7 hours (or more....I'm gone for way longer than 7 hours when I put this on before work).  (Before I cooked this, I poured some more water over the whole thing.)
If you have a slow cooker that doesn't allow moisture to escape, you don't even need to add any liquid to this.  When Scott got his out (before I got home), he shredded up the pork chops, to let the pieces sit down in the liquid.  I added some salt, and served it over mashed potatoes.  The smaller pieces weren't as dry and were actually quite flavorful.  This dish has the potential to be really enjoyable!
Apparently, just not with those pork chops in my house! ;)


Kristin said...

I'm not really a pork fan, so I don't think we've ever done pork chops. Scott makes a good pulled pork, though. Could the issue have been the Red Delicious apples? Those apples, in my opinion, are the worst of all the apples. You can't do anything with them, baking-wise.

Susannah said...

This looks SO GOOD!!!! I WILL be making this soon! :-)

Sarah Alway said...

Yay, thanks for linking up!! I only discovered in the past couple years that I love pork chops, but usually I just use shake and bake and put them in the oven. But I am a HUGE fan of anything that can be made in a crock pot, so I'll have to try this for sure!

Rachel Ross said...

I always forget pork chops when I meal plan! Will have to make something like this soon! :)

Jenni@FlyingOnARainbow said...

I'm really not a fan of pork, but the husband loves it - I might suggest this to him to try sometime! Thanks for linking up :)

Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart said...

OH MY GOSH!! You just made me a Domestic Goddess once again! I cook Sunday dinners for my Parents, Grandfather, and fiance and this is going on the menu. What a yummy idea and I can't wait to try it!!! Thank you for linking up and please, come back and share lots more of your yumminess :)

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