My family, all except for my son, Taran, who currently flat-out refuses to eat any meat which isn’t chicken nuggets or fish fingers, eat a lot of pork. It is the cheapest meat available in Malta and it was the cheapest in England as well. Pigs breed quickly, grow up fast, and are a pretty hardy animal not requiring the care other animals do.
For a long time it never occurred to me it wouldn’t be exactly the same in other countries until my husband and I had a trip to Iceland. Iceland is an absolutely jaw dropping country by the way and well worth visiting. This trip was pre-kids when we actually had some spare money! On one of the day trips we took, our guide happened to mention that the cheapest Icelandic meat is actually lamb. Other meats, particularly fish, which is one of their biggest exports and for which they are so famous, is just too expensive to buy and so many Icelanders don’t. Their day to day recipes often revolve around lamb as the main ingredient. This was a bit of a oh! moment for me as it had just never occurred to me that the price of meat would be so different in other countries. I have since been told there are areas of America where chicken is cheaper than pork as well.
However eating lots of pork requires inventive recipes to prevent food boredom from setting in. This recipe is a great way to dress up a plain old pork chop, bone-in or boneless as you like, with yet another simple, cheap and easily available addition – an apple.
Pork Chops with Apple Cinnamon Sauce
- 2x pork chops
- 3 tbsp ghee
- 1 medium apple , peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp water
Cooking the pork chops
- Remove the pork chops from the fridge about 15 mins before cooking to allow the meat to warm to room temperature.
- Mix the salt and pepper together and rub all sides of the pork chops.
- Melt the butter in a medium frying pan over a medium to high heat.
- Add the pork chops to the pan.
- Sear the pork chops on one side for 3 mins, then turn over and sear the other side for 2 mins.
- If cooked remove the pork chops from the heat, pork should read 62 deg C or 145 deg F when cooked. Wrap the pork chops in aluminium foil and set aside.
- Keep the pan with the juices.
Cooking the apple cinnamon sauce
- Turn the hob heat down to medium.
- Mix the apple, honey, water and cinnamon in a small bowl and then add to the same frying pan as you cooked the pork chops in.
- Fry the ingredients until the apples are soft, stirring often. It will take about 5-10 mins.
- Unwrap the pork chops from the aluminium foil and arrange on plates.
- Spoon the apple cinnamon sauce directly on top.