Mustard-crusted pork chops with caramelised apple rings
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Serves: 2
 
This easy recipe is great for a weeknight - the flavours of apple, pork and mustard together are fantastic.
Ingredients
  • 2 nice thick (2cm at least) pork chops, bone in
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 30g butter, melted
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • handful of very finely chopped parsley leaves (optional)
  • 2-3 apples (I used Pink Lady and Royal Gala)
  • 15g butter
  • 1 tsp soft brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Make breadcrumbs out of the bread, using a food processor; then in a small bowl mix the breadcrumbs, 1 Tbsp of mustard, butter, salt (and parsley, if using) to form a paste.
  3. Place the pork chops in an oven-proof dish and spread each chop with 1 tsp of mustard.  Divide the mustard breadcrumb paste in half and spread half evenly onto each pork chop, pressing it down to make it stick and form a crust. Place the pork chops uncovered on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes (depending on thickness).
  4. While the chops cook, make the apple rings. Core the apples and slice each into 0.5cm thick slices.  Heat the butter and sugar in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, swirling to mix them as the butter melts.  Place the apple rings in a single layer in the pan and allow to cook undisturbed until golden brown and slightly caramelised at the bottom; then turnover and repeat on the other side.  Remove from the pan and keep warm when done.  You may have to repeat this process to get all the apple rings done - refresh the pan with a little extra butter and sugar after each batch.
  5. When the chops are cooked through (a skewer poked into the middle should yield no blood), turn on the grill and grill for 5 minutes or so - but watch them so that they do not burn.  Serve immediately with the apple rings and vegetable of your choice.
Recipe by Cooksister | Food, Travel, Photography at http://www.cooksister.com/2014/09/mustard-crusted-pork-chops-caramelised-apple-rings.html