Pork, Apple and Cranberry (Can You Think of a More Awesome Combination?!)

We do a potluck every Monday night, which is a great time to get rid of some ingredients not used the week(s) before.  I had an abundance of apples and onions to use up, so I made this:

Apple, Pork and Craisins Photodinners

How, you ask?  Well, sit back and let me tell you a little recipe story.

Preheat oven to 350.  Pound down four pork chops (no bone).  Meanwhile, saute an onion and slice two apples.  Add about 1/4 cup of craisins to the apples and the onion when it is cooked.  Put a couple Tbsp of the apple, onion and craisin mixture on the pork chop.

Apple, Pork and Craisins Photodinners

Roll up, starting from the longest end and meeting the other end.  Keep in place with toothpicks and string (we didn’t have string, so I had to go to town with the toothpicks).

Apple, Pork and Craisins Photodinners

Brown pork chops and put in a baking dish.

Apple, Pork and Craisins Photodinners

Add remainder of the apple mixture on top.  Add 1/2 cup water.  Bake for about an hour.

Apple, Pork and Craisins Photodinners

Take out of the oven and drain liquid into saucepan and heat on medium.  To make the gravy: Put 1Tbsp flour and 1Tbsp corn starch into a glass.  Add and really mix in 2 Tbsp of water.  Slowly add 1Tbsp of hot liquid apple mixture to cup and stir.  Add flour mixture to drippings and stir.  This should thicken the drippings in a couple of minutes.  I added some cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and fennel to taste.  Just keep tasting and adding until your sauce is perfect.

Et voila!

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