I said I was gonna start a food blog? Well, I tried to, but ultimately decided doing the noble work of twitter-trolling Ted Nugent and taking goofy pictures of my son was more important. So after publishing a few recipes, I kinda gave up and started blogging about food here again.
I’m gonna bring those recipes from 60% Success Rate on over. So, Bon Apetit!
What I made: Pork Chop, Apple, Onion and Swiss Chard Skillet.
Why it works: This is just a wonderful combination of sweet and savory flavors, classic flavors that belong together. A homey comforting meal with just a touch of sophistication, brought to you with the addition of a splash of wine and some great-for-you leafy greens.
- 4-6 1/2 to 1-inch bone in, fat-on pork chops, seasoned with kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper
- 3 slices bacon
- 1 large or 2 small apples, cored and cut into thin wedges
- 1 large onion, cut into slim strips
- 2 cups chicken stock
- a generous splash white wine or sherry
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. coriander
- 1/4 tsp. ground fennel seed or pinch of fennel seed
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, rough-chopped
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- In a large skillet, fry bacon ’til crisp and fat has rendered. Move to plate, let cool and crumble or chop into small pieces. Do NOT wipe out the skillet.
- In the rendered fat, over medium-high heat, brown the pork chops on both sides. Remove them and put them on a plate. Again, do not wipe out the skillet.
- Add the apples, onions and spices to the skillet. Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Saute over medium heat until the apples and onions are golden and quite tender. This will take awhile.
- Add the wine and stock. Let simmer until sauce has reduced and thickened a bit. Stir in the vinegar.
- Stir in the Swiss chard and let it wilt a bit.
- Nestle the pork chops and any accumulated juices in the skillet and continue cooking on medium heat until everything is cooked through and the flavors have had a chance to get to know each other–5 or so minutes.
- Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
- Serve over mashed potatoes, rice, buttered egg noodles–or whatever you like!