Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pork Chops and Apple Sauce

I love comfort food. And Peter Brady would love this one! It has been raining here for two days...I love the rain, I love the way the smoke smells wafting from the chimneys on a crisp morning, and I love the look of the shiny colorful leaves soaked and pressed to the sidewalk. This time of the year screams comfort food. So, needless to say, this will be the first of many installments of my favorite comfort foods. I love a good pulled pork sandwich, however, I get bored with barbecue sauce on everything. So I took the old idea of "Pork Chops and Applesauce" and slow roasted it and served it on soft potato rolls. See what you think. This works great in a crock pot-but I do like to brown that meat a bit, it makes the flavor so much better.
What is comfort food to you? I'd love to know.


4 lb. pork shoulder
3 large apples
2 cups apple cider
1 cup apple sauce
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and Dijon in a bowl. Add just enough apple cider that it makes a paste. Rub onto the pork and place in a un- greased baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until a crust forms. Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees and pour the apple cider in the dish with the meat. ( be careful adding liquid to a hot dish-you don't want it to shatter.) Also slice the apples thinly and place in the dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 3 hours. Add the apple sauce and serve.

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