Apple-Cherry Pork Chops

Hannah makes apple-cherry pork chops for her entire family.

Hannah makes apple-cherry pork chops for her entire family.

Hannah’s self taught culinary skills shine as she experiments her way through the kitchen. This time she creates classic recipes her entire family enjoys: apple-cherry pork chops, sweet potato casserole, roasted veggies, and berry shortcake. Delicious!

 

APPLE-CHERRY PORK CHOPS

TOTAL TIME: Total Time: 30 min. 

MAKES: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS

2 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick and 5 ounces each)

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

2/3 cup apple juice

1 small red apple, sliced

2 tablespoons dried cherries or cranberries

2 tablespoons chopped onion

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon cold water

DIRECTIONS

Sprinkle pork chops with thyme and salt. 

In a large skillet, cook pork in oil for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Remove and let meat stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the same skillet, combine the apple juice, apple, cherries and onion. Bring to a boil. 

Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into skillet. 

Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. 

Spoon over pork chops.

 

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Total: 1 hour 40 min. 

MAKES: 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

FILLING:

6 sweet potatoes

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING:

1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark are both fine)

1/3 cup flour

3 tablespoons butter, softened

3/4 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS

Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork, and roast until a fork can be easily inserted (about an hour). 

Remove skin and cut into chunks. 

Mix together the rest of the filling ingredients with the sweet potato, and spread into a casserole dish. 

Mix together topping ingredients, and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. 

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, until topping is brown.

 

SEASONED ROASTED VEGGIES

TOTAL TIME: Prep 5 min. Cook 35 min. 

MAKES: 5 servings

INGREDIENTS

5 cups of any vegetable you like

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Chop the vegetables into bite sized pieces and toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Bake at 400 for 35-50 minutes (depending on the type of vegetable) until golden brown.

 

VERY BERRY SHORTCAKES

TOTAL TIME: 30 min. 

MAKES: 5 servings

INGREDIENTS

2-1/2 cups buttermilk pancake mix

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, diced

3 cups mixed berries

3 tablespoons sugar

1 pint half and half

DIRECTIONS

Mix pancake mix, milk, and butter together until a dough forms. 

Drop 1/3 cup portions onto a baking sheet, and bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes (until just slightly brown on top). No need to shape the biscuits. 

Toss the berries in the sugar. 

Place 5 biscuits in a bowl, divide the berries and half and half evenly, and pour over the biscuits. 

 

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Posted on June 1, 2016 .