Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 29 - Is there anything bacon can't do?

Apple Bacon Pork Chops, Garden Beans, Maple Smashed Turnips
I love bacon, especially this new local stuff we've been getting. It does amazing things to soups, stews, and in last night's meal, pork chops. It's a thick cut, nice and dry and has a great smoky aroma. The stuff from the grocery store is insipid and always seems so wet and having fallen in love with local bacon, I can't go back.

Tomorrow is our big 30 day celebration. They say it takes 30 days of continuously doing something for it to become habit. Being on the cusp of 30 days, I can say it's *almost* true. We're still doing a fair amount of cheating, but we've yet to cheat on the essentials we're committed to: meat, dairy, vegetables and grains. Our CSA shares run out in a few weeks and I'm becoming nervous how we're going to get enough vegetables to add variety in our diet, but I'm confident it will sort itself out. There's still plenty of beets, turnips, cabbage, parsnips and potatoes in our cold storage and plenty of pressure canned vegetables in our pantry. 

We used some of those pressure canned vegetables in last night's meal. Not pictured was a side dish of buttered beets. Our dinner was really simple, quick and tasty. Give it a whirl. 

Bacon Goodness

Apple Bacon Pork Chops

1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and chopped
3 slices of bacon, sliced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tbsp grainy mustard (such as uncanny's Wine and Sage Mustard)
1/4 tsp dried thyme, rubbed
A couple good turns of pepper mill
2-4 tbsp 10% cream (or apple cider and reduce it to thicken)

4 good size pork chops
1/2 tbsp canola oil

1. In a pan over medium heat, warm up your oil and season your pork chops with salt and pepper. Pan fry the chops, about 3-4 minutes per side, seasoning on the other side when you've flipped it. When browned nicely, move to a casserole dish.

2. In pan, add in chopped bacon and sautee. When browned, add in apples and onion and cook on low until softened. 

3. Add in mustard, thyme, pepper and cream and when it's thickened and seasoned to your liking, pour over pork chops and bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes or until pork chops are cooked to your preference. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Mmm. Bacon is definitely the king of the foods.


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