Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples and Whiskey Cream

This is a delicious, company-worthy meal that, with a bit of advanced preparation, can go together in under an hour.  The advanced prep is brining the pork chops.  If you've never brined meat before, you're in for a real treat.  No matter how I decide to fix pork chops, I always brine them first.  When brined they are tender, juicy, so flavorful, and never dry!
This, plus ice and water, is all you need to brine pork chops.
This recipe serves two, so a loaf pan is the perfect vessel for brining.

Brined Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples and Whiskey Cream

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1-inch-thick loin pork chops
2 Honey Crisp apples
2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey (I use Jameson)
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon crumbled dried sage

Remove pork chops from brine, rinse in cold water and pat dry.  Discard brine.  In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the butter over moderately high heat until the foam subsides.  Brown the chops, seasoned with pepper, for 2-3 minutes on each side, and transfer them to a plate. Pour off the fat from the skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoons butter.  Saut� the apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths, with 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes, or until they are golden. Add the whiskey, wine, the remaining tablespoon brown sugar, the cream, the celery salt, and the sage, bring the mixture to a boil, and add the chops with any juices that have accumulated on the plate. Simmer the mixture, covered, for 20 minutes, or until the chops are done. Cook the sauce for 3-5 minutes longer, or until it is thickened and golden.  Pour it over the chops and apples.

Pork Brine Recipe: 
1/4 cup coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup boiling water 
2 cups ice water

Put salt and sugar into a two-cup Pyrex glass measuring cup (or other microwave-safe cup) and add 1 cup of water.  Microwave for 3 minutes until the water comes to a rolling boil and the sugar and salt is completely dissolved.  This may take more or less time depending upon the wattage of your microwave oven.  Allow this mixture to cool for about 20 minutes.  Pour this mixture into a loaf pan and add three cups of ice water.  Stir to blend.  Once all of the ice has melted submerge the pork chops.  Cover the loaf pan with plastic and place chops in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours.

This is linked to Foodie Friday.


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

WOW does this look good, Pattie!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I really must try this. We are not pork fans but this sounds so sweet & good. Thanks
~ ~ Ahrisha~ ~

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

Woowzer! This looks good. I have only brined a turkey, but I think it might work better on smaller cuts of meat. Yum and thanks.