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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"How many apples fell on Newton's head before he took the hint? Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint."
-Robert Frost, Poet

The refrigerator light goes on...

Caramelizing the apple with the sugar adds a few calories but is so worth it. The sweet apples take on an intense flavor an balance the umami of the pork. This recipe has it all -- itís quick and easy, itís sweet, salty, savory and a bit sour all at the same time.

Wine Choices

Cooking with the best quality ingredients results in the best quality dish. This is so important with your choice of wine. For white wines choose a chardonnay in recipes that are rich or savory and a dry sauvignon blanc for tart or acidic recipes.

Full bodied reds like cabernet are the choice for a stews or rich sauces. When I am making a dish that requires a little more finesse I might choose a young pinot noir.


 

Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples



Servings = 2 | Serving size =1 pork chop with about one cup caramelized apples

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2,3.

This recipe makes good leftovers. Heat gently.

Serve with Roasted Potatoes or Plain Mashed Potatoes or Mashed Yams or Yam Home Fries or Home Fries - Low Sodium Version or Home Fries or Yam Home Fries - Low Sodium Version or Plain Mashed Potatoes - Low Sodium Version or Thick Cut Yam Fries or Thick Cut Yam Fries - Low Sodium Version

1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 medium granny smith apples
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 ounces maple syrup
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup white wine (sweet like a riesling)
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 cup water
2 4 ounce center cut pork chops

Place the spread in a medium sautť pan over medium-high heat. As the spread melts add the sliced apples and sugar. Cook stirring occasionally. Allow the apples to brown but not burn. It should take about 20 - 25 minutes to caramelize the apples.

As the apples soften and caramelize add the salt, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, wine and thyme leaves. Stir gently.

Preheat the oven to 400įF. Place a medium skillet in the oven.

Reduce the heat and allow the apples to simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. If there is not enough liquid add water one tablespoon at a time.

As the apples are done spray the hot skillet lightly with oil and add the pork chops. Return the pan to the oven and cook for about 8 - 10 minutes. Remove and turn the pork chops and cook for another 8 - 10 minutes.

Serve over mashed yams topped with the caramelized apples.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1 pork chop with about one cup caramelized apples

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 345 Calories from Fat 76
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 13%
    Saturated Fat 3g 14%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 362mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
    Sugars 25g  
Protein 25g  
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 3% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 4 mcg Potassium 699 mg
Magnesium 40 mg