Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Pork Chop with Cider Gravy, Sauteed Apples and Onions
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 4 bone-in pork chops, 1-inch thick
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large onions, yellow or red, thinly sliced
- 2 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 lemon
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup apple cider
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 rounded tablespoons orange marmalade
In a medium pot add sweet potatoes and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until fork tender, 15 to 18 minutes.
Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, a turn of the pan, in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork 5 minutes on the first side until deeply golden, turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes more with a loose foil tent over the pan. Remove cooked chops to a plate and cover to keep warm. Add another turn of the pan of olive oil, add the onions and apples. Season with salt, pepper and thyme and cook until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Douse with juice of a lemon and remove onions and apples to a bowl; keep warm.
Add 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet, melt then whisk in flour, cook 1 minute then whisk in cider and 1 cup of stock. Season the gravy with salt and pepper. Thicken 4 to 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
Serve chop covered with apples and onions, gravy poured down over top, sweet potatoes alongside.
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray, 2008