When I last left you I had successfully made some delicious chicken stock. I was now ready to spend my Friday night braising pork with the following recipe.
These are the ingredients for the pork, it’s that easy.
I started the recipe around 8:30 and well by 12 am I felt that I had too much braising liquid left (I might have added too much) and wasn’t quite sure how the apples fit in with the recipe. Plus, the apples I bought were entirely too soft and didn’t taste very good. So by 1am I was tired and freaking out that my dish = FAIL. The pork was totally tender but I could not separate myself from the apples not working so I couldn’t determine if it tasted good. I decided to go to bed and do something about the apples the next day.
I am so glad I took a break because the next day I tasted the pork and it was delicious. I thought I could just do something different with the apples and I would be fine. I got some very good advice about apples and went to RTM to pick up some pink ladies and honey. When I got home I quickly added some butter and leftover braising liquid to a pan and then added half of a chopped onion. Once the onions cooked a bit I added the peeled and chopped pink ladies and let them cook. I added a little honey to this and voila the apples were a success. Sorry for no specific measurements, I did this sans recipe.
I think the reason for my freak out was due to my infamiliarity with the apple/pork combo. I had a high school friend whose family would often have pork chops and apple sauce and I just did not get it. We were more of a beef family. We had pork chops occasionally but usually just had mashed potatoes with them, no apples. I have now seen the light. Pork + apples = crazy delicious.
Stay tuned for the final installment of the Locals are Delicious where I finally write about the pot luck and show you all the many wonderful things that can be made with local food stuffs.