By Lucinda Scala Quinn, D’Artagnan Foods, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table
YIELD: 6 servings
*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market
● 6 pork chops*
● salt and pepper to taste
● 1 Tablespoon olive oil
● 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
● 1 large onion*, sliced
● 2-3 apples*, cored and sliced
● 1 cup apple cider*
1. Trim the chops of excess fat and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a 14-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat and then swirl in olive oil. Lay the pork chops in the pan and don’t move for a few minutes. This assures a good golden sear. Turn the chops over and brown well on the second side for a total of about 10 minutes. Remove the chops to a warm plate.
2. Swirl the butter into the pan. Add the onions and apples. Saute until the onion slices are lightly caramelized and the apples have begun to soften for about 8 minutes. Stir in the apple cider. Return the chops to the pan.
3. Cook until the pork is tender, about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the chops, turning halfway through and covering the chops with the apple mixture. If the apple mixture needs a little thickening, remove the chops to the warm plate again and simmer the mixture on high for a few minutes to reduce.