Pan Fried Apple Pork Chops with Root Vegetables & Potatoes

A one skillet, hearty meal that's sure to bring everyone to the table
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Pan Fried Apple Pork Chops with Root Vegetables & Potatoes Pan Fried Apple Pork Chops with Root Vegetables & Potatoes

When I began eating meat again one of the first dishes I made was pork chops.  For me, there’s just something so nostalgic and comforting about pork chops. And while I always like a good chop, I find myself craving that classic apple-pork combo the second the temps drop.

It’s also an added bonus that pan fried pork chops are one of the simplest meats to make on your stovetop.  I feel a lot of people shy away from them because they tend to over cook pork and all the applesauce in the world won’t save an over-cooked chop.  The key is to get your skillet blazing hot with a little butter then sear each side to create that nice caramelized pan fry.  Once you’ve accomplished that turn your heat down to low or add the chops to the oven.  Pulling them out, or removing them from the heat, at about 150 degrees and letting them rest for a few minutes. The chops will continue to cook, but you won’t have to worry about them being over-done.

Anyway, now that we talked about why you should be cooking pork chops lets talk about today’s recipe; pan fried apple pork chops with root vegetables and potatoes.  Recently, when faced with a plethora of leftover apples from another recipe I thought why not mix up my classic pork chop recipe by pan frying the chops with the apples rather than using the apples as a topper or after thought. And oh my goodness…the flavor! The apples, garlic and onions completely infused my chops with the most delicious, tart yet sweet goodness. 

Combine the flavor of the pan fried apple pork chops with seasonal root vegetables plus potatoes all in one skillet and you have yourself an easy, one-skillet, weeknight meal you’ll be making over and over again.  Plus doesn’t it look impressive? Trust me when I say its easier than it looks, try it out for yourself this week and please tag me if you do.  I love seeing your WOM recipes in real life! Truly, MKR

P.S. Pork chops not your thing? Make sure to check out our recipe index and get inspired this season!
 

 

Pan Fried Apple Pork Chops with Root Vegetables & Potatoes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-6 bone in organic pork chops
  2. 6-8 smaller red potatoes, halved
  3. 2 red onions, quartered
  4. 6-8 cloves of garlic smashed
  5. 1 large granny smith apple sliced
  6. 6-10 orange & purple carrots, cleaned
  7. 6-8 turnips, halved
  8. 1 large celery root quartered
  9. 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  10. parsley for garnish (optional)
  11. olive oil
  12. 2-3 tablespoons butter
  13. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  14. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Salt and pepper pork chops, set aside.
  2. While the oven is preheating begin to heat a large cast iron skillet on the stovetop to high heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon butter, garlic, onion, and apple. Sauté 2-3 minutes.
  3. add another tablespoon of butter and add pork chops frying each side until brown, approximately 2-3 minutes each side. You're not cooking the pork chops through just browning the outside.
  4. Once browned remove from the skillet and set aside. Add all of the root vegetables, potatoes, and 2 sprigs of rosemary. Stir with onions, garlic and apples making sure nothing is sticking to the pan. If anything is add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix. Add salt and pepper and put skillet into the oven cooking vegetables until almost done, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  5. 5 minutes before vegetables are done remove the skillet from the oven. Shift the veggies around to make room for the pork chops. Once situated take one more tablespoon of butter and divide it amongst the pork chops putting a bit on each. Add the apple cider vinegar to the skillet.
  6. Return the skillet to the oven and cook until pork is fully cooked through.
  7. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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Homemade Caramel Corn with Pecans & Candy Corn

A perfectly addicting, seasonal sweet snack
Filed Under > Desserts

Homemade caramel corn with pecans and candy corn, the perfect recipe for fall, @waitingonmartha

I get very nostalgic when it comes to homemade caramel corn.  Memories of my dad whipping up a big batch as soon as the leaves started to change.  Melting it all low-and-slow, and then shake-shake-shaking the mixture in a big paper bag before spilling out the warm, sweet, crunchy goodness on the table for Mom and me to devour until we literally made ourselves sick. 

Being one of my favorite fall treats, I wanted to try my hand at making homemade caramel corn myself this year.  It seemed simple enough…traditional stovetop popcorn (which in my humble opinion is the only way to make popcorn) + pecans + candy corn + homemade caramel sauce.  And it really is simple as long as you have a few tricks up your sleeve.  Tricks I’ve finally perfected after a few trial and error test batches.

First, you’ll logically want to put the candy corn directly into the popcorn, pecan, and caramel sauce mixture before baking it all together in the oven.  Don’t.  Since candy corn is essentially all sugar what ends up happening is the candy corn pieces completely melt leaving you with patches of yellow and orange dotted throughout your mixture. Instead, you’ll want to sprinkle on the candy corn pieces right when you bring the mixture out of the oven when it’s still warm.  That way, they stick in the mixture but don’t melt.  

Second, line your oven with aluminum foil to catch any rogue drips of caramel sauce.  If you’re heavy-handed with the caramel sauce like me, then your sauce will likely bubble over during baking.  Trust me when I say, sticky caramel sauce on the bottom of your oven is a major pain to clean up. 

Lastly, when making the caramel sauce, constant stirring and timing really is everything, so make sure you read the recipe at least twice before beginning and DO NOT walk away from the sauce.  It can all go terribly wrong in less than 30 seconds, just trust me on this!  Happy fall y’all!  Truly, MKR

P.S. When the homemade caramel corn comes out of the oven, it’s my favorite time to indulge since it’s so warm, gooey, and not too hard, but try to show a little self-restraint and set some aside to package up for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers!  xo

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Homemade Caramel Corn with Pecans and Candy Corn
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 QUARTS POPPED POP CORN COOLED (1 PREFER STOVETOP, BUT MICROWAVE WILL WORK AS WELL)
  2. 1 BAG OF CANDY CORN
  3. 2-3 CUPS OF PECAN HALVES
  4. 2 CUPS BROWN SUGAR
  5. 1 CUP LIGHT KARO CORN SYRUP
  6. 1 CUP ORGANIC BUTTER UN SALTED
  7. 1 TEASPOON SALT
  8. 1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
  9. 1 TABLESPOON VANILLA
  10. NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY
  11. INSTRUCTIONS
Instructions
  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 250 DEGREES.
  2. SPRAY LARGE SHALLOW TURKEY ROASTING PAN WITH COOKING SPRAY. ADD POPPED POPCORN AND PLACE IN PREHEATED 250 DEGREES F OVEN WHILE PREPARING CARAMEL.
  3. IN A LARGE HEAVY SAUCEPAN OR DUTCH OVEN MIX BROWN SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, BUTTER AND SALT. STIRRING CONSTANTLY, BRING TO A BOIL OVER MEDIUM HEAT.
  4. BOIL 5 MINUTES WITHOUT STIRRING. REMOVE FROM HEAT. STIR IN BAKING SODA AND VANILLA; MIX WELL.
  5. POUR SYRUP OVER WARM POPCORN, STIRRING TO COAT EVENLY.
  6. BAKE FOR 45 MINUTES, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY. DURING YOUR LAST STIR ADD PECANS.
  7. REMOVE FROM OVEN AND SPREAD ON PARCHMENT PAPER. SPRINKLE IN CANDY CORN AND MIX LIGHTLY.
  8. LET COOL THEN BREAK APART AND STORE IN TIGHTLY COVERED CONTAINER.
  9. NOTES
  10. CHECK POST ITSELF FOR PLENTY OF TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOUR BATCH TURNS OUT PERFECTLY.
  11. BY WAITING ON MARTHA
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Pumpkin Spice Drop Cookies & Apple Cinnamon Fritters

The Trip to the Pumpkin Patch with Sweet Treats and Thermos, A Rye Family Tradition
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This should come to most of you as no surprise, but I’m one of those people that look forward to pumpkin picking on a Saturday (or any day) in September just as much as waking up on Christmas day.  Well, okay maybe it’s not quite like waking up to Christmas coffee and a glittering tree chalked full of presents, but it’s definitely up there. And over the past few years, we’ve really turned the hunt for the perfect pumpkins into a full day adventure.  With the windows down and songs from Hocus Pocus playing in my head, we pile into our car, loaded up with a thermos or two of warm coffee and apple cider, and our favorite snacks en route to the pumpkin patch. 

To us, it’s the perfect amount of time out of the house, away from the computer, and the best way to breathe in the crisp fall air that’s finally here.  And of course, it’s an excuse to wear my favorite fall uniform (think a great plaid shirt and the coziest sweater) and break out one or two of my vintage plaid blankets.  Because I mean, what’s better than rolling out your blanket with a thermos and sweets in-hand after you pick out this year’s pumpkins?  All the feels. 

Since this annual ritual is meant to be a fun, enjoyable day, it will never do to be stressed in the kitchen before the trek to the patch.  So I usually pick up a good mix of treats from a local doughnut shop (Revolution Doughnuts or Sublime Doughnuts are my favorites).  When I do have a little time on my hands, however, I whip up some super easy cinnamon sugar doughnuts or stick to two tried-and-true recipes that cannot be beaten: pumpkin spice drop cookies and apple cinnamon fritters.

The second you bite into these, cake-like cookies with their warm, spicy pumpkin flavor, you’ll see why they’ve been some of my favorites for years now.  I’ve found they’re the perfect big-batch recipe this time of year…they’re seriously so simple to make and are ALWAYS a hit with a crowd.  And I’m not sure how golden brown apple cinnamon fritters with a white icing glaze could ever disappoint; they’re lightly fried to perfection with light, pillow-soft centers.  I use THIS recipe because why try to improve on something that’s already pretty dang fantastic?!  

Tell me friends, have you made a trip to the pumpkin patch?  What fall treats are always on your list?  Truly, MKR

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Outfit: plaid shirt | wool hat | jeans | thermos | blanket | socks 

Baking: copper cooling racks | copper measuring cups 

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