Pork Chops with Apple & Onion Sauce

edgebrookI have made this recipe a number of times over the last six months and most recently just the other night when I had my brother for dinner before he moved to Gisborne. It is a dish that I find easy enough for a family week night meal but special enough for an easy dinner when there are guests.

When I made it the other night I used cider in the sauce which seemed to enhance the apple flavour and take dish to another level – it is good made with wine or beer but with cider it is exceptional. It may, of course, have been the cider which came from Edgebrook Cider – I used their Festive Cider which as I was using Granny Smith apples was probably a good choice. Edgebook Festive Cider is a blend of eight varieties of Hawke’s Bay grown apples with predominant cultivars being Barebrun, Fuji, Pacific Rose and Granny Smith. It is also a great drinking cider that is crisp and refreshing – perfect for summer drinking. Edgebrook Cider is a relatively new comer to the Hawke’s Bay cider market and currently has two cider blends Festive and Village with a third, Orchard, not far away. Edgebrook Cider can currently be found at the Hastings Farmers’ Market and selected New World supermarkets.

Pork Chops with Apple & Onion Sauce

The  Apple & Onion Sauce freezes well so even if not cooking for six, make the full quantity and freeze any leftovers to use to jazz up grilled pork chops or sausages at another time.

Serves 6

6 pork loin chops, mediallions or loin steaks
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
APPLE & ONION SAUCE
30g butter
3 apples, cored and sliced
2 large onions, sliced
1 cup white wine, beer, cider or chicken stock

1              Season chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
2              Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a high heat. Add a little olive oil and chops and cook for 4-5 minutes each side. Remove chops from pan and keep warm.
3              To make sauce, add butter to the pan, then add apples and onions and cook,
tossing frequently, for 8-10 minutes or until onion is lightly caramelized and apples start to soften. Stir in the wine, beer, cider  or stock.
4              Push chops into apple/onion mixture, cover and cook, for 10-15 minutes or until pork is tender and cooked to your liking. Serve the chops topped with Apple & Onion Sauce, accompanied by mashed potatoes and a steamed green vegetable of your choice.

Open Sausage Sandwich
This is a great way to use up leftover sausages and leftover Apple & Onion Sauce.
Serves 2
2 slices bread of your choice, toasted
lettuce leaves
2 cooked pork sausages, split lengthwise
leftover Apple & Onion Sauce, warmed
Top each slice of toast with lettuce leaves, then one sausage and finally spoon over sauce. Serve immediately.

For more information about Edgebrook Cider visit their website.

Happy cooking and eating

Recipes by Rachel Blackmore