Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn Pork with Apple Cider-Dijon Reduction

Sounds fancy huh?
Way fancier than "pork chops with apples and onions in the crock pot", huh?
My favorite words in the sentence above are "Crock Pot".
It's French for "Makes dinner while you're at work and all you have to do is set the table when you get home--almost."

Here's the ingredient list, so get out a piece of paper and a pen.
Better yet, just cut and paste and print.

4 Pork Loin Chops-thick cut
4 cups sliced Braeburn Apples
4 cups sliced Yellow Onion
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Apple Cider
1 T. Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup cold water
2 T. corn starch
Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste

Note: There's this great stuff that has salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, onion and garlic in it, called Montreal Seasoning by McCormick. I use it on everything!
Season the chops with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Brown on both sides and then set aside.

Cut, core and slice your apples. Leave the peeling on. Trust me, it's yummier this way.

Slice the onions. Don't cut your finger tip like I did.

Two cups of your favorite chicken broth.
I don't make my own.
Only Martha Stewart makes her own.
Come to think of it, Ms. Stewart probably has people that make her broth for her.

Once the chops are out of the pan, add onions, apples and broth. Cook for about 10 minutes. Make sure all the pork yumminess is scraped off the bottom of the pan.
Technically, this is called 'deglazing'.
There'll be a test at the end.

Once finished, use a slotted spoon to put half the apples and onions in the bottom of the Crock Pot.

Place all four chops on top of the apples and onions.

Again with a slotted spoon--top the chops with the rest of the apples and onions.
Turn Crock Pot on low and walk away for 6-8 hours.

"But what about all that broth left in the frying pan?" you ask.

That's where the "Apple Cider-Dijon Reduction" comes in. This part is purely up to you and your time schedule. It's much, much easier than it looks on paper.

To the broth, add one cup good Apple Cider and one tablespoon of dijon mustard.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
While waiting for the boil (don't watch, or it won't ever happen), add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1/2 cup of cold water. Stir until mixed.
Add cornstarch mixture to boiling broth/cider mixture.
Turn heat down to low and stir until it thickens.
The End.

Time to eat.

Okay, I'll admit, there was certainly a lot more involved here than tossing a couple chicken breasts, some rice and some condensed soup into the crock pot. I love chicken and rice as much as the next girl; especially if we can add some cheese to it. I just wanted something a little less fattening and a little prettier. Plus, it just really feels like it fits the weather around here.
The alternate recipe title would be called "Ode to Fall".


  1. Ohmygoodness. This sounds positively wonderful! We just had pork chops tonight, dangit. But I'm going to make it. Did you make the "Apple Cider-Dijon Reduction" sauce when you put the whole thing in the crock pot, and then heat it up later? That's the only part that has me stumped..... oh, and the Braeburn appples - I'm not sure that's what's in season here right now.... but this sounds positively heavenly and I am going to make it!

  2. Oh, and I forgot to say that we HEART Montreal Seasoning! We buy it in a huge container at Costco - it adds so much to roasts and steaks.... and now to this pork chop reduction yumminess that I plan to make :)

  3. Uh oh. I scrolled down a bit too far and saw some amazingly cute chicken boots! :)

  4. Penny, I made the sauce right before we ate. You could do it either way. It reheats very nicely.
    They have giant Montreal seasoning at Costco? I may have a shopping trip ahead of me.
    "Scrolled down a bit too far..." If you peek then Santa Claus Bernie may have to pass on this gift. :)

  5. I'm always on the look-out for neat things to cook! Thank you for this!


  6. This looks amazing! Thank you - we're always looking for new crockpot recipes. This one's a definite got to try.

  7. great! I love new recipes and am always hunting for something new to try... this one will be on the agenda for next week! LOVE YOU!

  8. I made this yesterday and it was wonderful. Hubby and I are dreaming up ways to use the sauce on chicken. We didn't use the braeburn apples and felt it suffered a bit but next time!