VISIT THE FARM: PORK CHOP APPLE CRISP
Pork and apples are a classic combination. This recipe for Pork Chop Apple Crisp is a perfect way to use the apples you’ve gathered from the orchard, as well as the grass-fed pork you bought from the farm.
As the public’s interest in where their food actually comes from grows, more and more local farmers are swinging open their gates and inviting us in to see the benefits of supporting small, sustainable, local agriculture. School outings are filled with trips to pumpkin patches and apple orchards but a growing number of adults and families are choosing to take vacations that include a visit to a farm.
As a kid we would pile into the car and head down those winding Arkansas highways. It was summer and we would crank down the windows in the back seat so we could let the whizzing air current raise and lower our hands like the oars of an ancient sailing vessel. Our long hair would whip in the whirlwind guaranteeing a head full of tangles by the time we arrived. We were headed to rows and rows of strawberries.
It was a you-pick-it farm and my fascination with what we now call agritourism had only just begun.
In the fall we would always visit family in Michigan. My uncle worked in an apple orchard and we would pick apples. I remember tall stacks of apple pulp in a press ready for cider. The light was dim and the air was sweet. I also remember my uncle peeling an apple in a long strip faster than anything when his toddler granddaughter cried for an apple. It had been taken away from her seconds before because her mother didn’t want her to have the peeling.
PORK CHOP APPLE CRISP
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
- 6 boneless pork loin chops
- 6 cups of garlic chips* or 2 packages of dry stuffing mix
- butter, ½ stick
- ½ cup hot water
- 2 apples, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 cup applesauce
- garlic powder
- Season the pork chops on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cinnamon. Heat oven to 350°.
- In a large nonstick or iron skillet, sear the pork chops in oil over medium-high heat. Do not cook through. Remove from heat and set aside. Add onions and apples to the skillet and cook until onions are soft.
- Crush garlic chips into bite size pieces. Melt the butter and mix with the hot water. Pour over the garlic chips and fluff with a fork. If you are using a boxed stuffing mix, follow the package instructions.
- Pour applesauce in the bottom of a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place the pork chops in the dish. Layer with apples and onions then spoon on the garlic chips or stuffing.
- Bake uncovered for 35 minutes at 350°. Yield: 6 servings
*I find garlic chips in the bakery section of my grocery store. It is a way they use up the old bread by turning it into very crispy sliced of garlic bread.