Mimi’s Apple Fennel Pork Chops

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MENU

Pork Chops with Apple Fennel Compote

Long Grain and Wild Rice

Baby greens with white balsamic vinaigrette

THOUGHTS ON FOOD

Apples are irresistible in the Fall.  I created this dish from the “apples up”.   I’m also a fennel fanatic so I threw fennel and raisins in the pan with a splash of Pernod.  This was a totally haphazard dinner that turned out to be delicious!  Who’d have thought I could wing it as well as Sue does?

 THOUGHTS ON WINE

White:  If you are going to drink white with this  (I actually wouldn’t) go with a nice chardonnay.  I think a crisp white might “fight with” the bite of the apples.  Sue recently had a Wolffer Estate Chardonnay 2010 that she loved.  The floral notes, lush palate and hint of pear would pair perfectly with this meal.

Red: Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon-Villages 2011.  I absolutely LOVE this wine.  Not only is it a great value that complements food beautifully it has hints of … chocolate!  What could be better?

SHOPPING LIST and GETTING ORGANIZED

PRODUCE

1 large fennel bulb

1 crisp macintosh or macoun apple

1 small box of raisins

1 bunch rosemary

1  5 oz container baby greens

DAIRY

 unsalted butter

MEAT

2  bone in center cut pork chops

GROCERY

1  long grain and wild rice

1  32 oz box of chicken stock

garlic powder (or granulated garlic)

extra virgin olive oil

white balsamic vinegar

  • Check your pantry.  Do you already have: extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, butter?  (I always remind people to do this because who needs multiple jars of garlic powder in the pantry?)
  • The dish also works with thyme if you don’t like rosemary.
  • You could use boneless center cut pork chops as well.   I prefer these with the recipe and Sue says that bone in pork chops are  more tender and tastier.
  • Many people buy unsalted chicken stock to control the salt level in their dishes. We use Kitchen Basics regular salted for this meal.  It’s really your choice if you want to buy unsalted and just add the amount you like.
  • We use Colavita extra virgin olive oil.

Obviously, the meal is intended for two people.  If you are cooking for more, just do the multiplication!

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