Pork Chops with Apple and Port

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Pork Recipe - Pork Chops with Apple and Port

These chops are baked in a piquant sauce containing fruit, honey, cinnamon, lemon and port, all of which reduces to a spicy syrup. The flavour is quite bold, and rather unusual, and best accompanied by stir-fried cabbage and creamy mashed potatoes.

4-6 (600g) pork loin chops (weight after trimming)
Salt and milled black pepper
15ml flour
100ml stock or water
60ml port
2 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and finely chopped
50ml sultanas
1ml ground cinnamon
15ml lemon juice
5ml honey

Trim rind and excess fat off chops. Heat a dash of oil in a heavy frying pan, and brown chops on both sides. Transfer to baking dish, to fit in a single layer, then season. Add flour to drippings in pan, and stir to absorb juices, then add stock and port and stir until smooth and thick. Remove from stove and add apples, sultanas, cinnamon, lemon juice and honey. Spread this fairly thick mixture over tops of chops and cover securely before baking at 160ºC for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until chops are done. Serves 4-6.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Golden Delicious apples are my preference when cooking. Apart from the appeal of their creamy yellow colour, they hold their shape when cooked and have a delicate sweetness which both enhances sweet and savoury dishes.