Pork Chops with Roasted Apple and Squash

This recipe is from The Boston Globe

Pair pork chops with roasted apples and caramelized squash, along with herbs and a splash of apple cider vinegar. If you need a side dish to go with the roasted goodies try egg noodles, red potatoes or a green veggie like broccoli.

I made this for dinner with my boyfriend the other day–he heartily approved. This dish is definitely a fall and winter keeper in my cook book.

Ingredients

4 thick center-cut pork loin chops or boneless loin chops (about 3 pounds total)

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

5 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 shallots, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock

1 medium butternut squash, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes

2 Cortland, Fuji or other baking apples, cored and sliced

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

Olive oil (for sprinkling)

Directions

1. Set the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Have on hand a 9-by-13 inch baking dish.

2. Sprinkle the pork on both sides with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of the rosemary, and 4 teaspoons of the thyme. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it is hot, brown the chops for 3 minutes on a side, turning once. Add the garlic and shallots and cook 1 minute more. Remove the pork chops from the skillet.

3. Pour the stock into the skillet and cook, stirring, to deglaze the pan.

4. In a large bowl, toss the squash, apples, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon rosemary and 1 teaspoon thyme. Transfer to the baking dish and sprinkle with oil. Pour the stock mixture on top. Set the chops on the vegetables.

5. Bake the chops for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chops registers 150 degrees and the squash is tender when pierced with a skewer.

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Categories: Main dish, Meat, Season: Fall, Season: Winter

Author:rsedlak1

Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.

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