Let Happy Fill Your Mouth With The Joy Of This Pork And Apple Casserole

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If you thought we were done porking out, you were wrong. Let’s all squeal like Ned Beatty for this Pork and Apple Casserole. Whee whee whee, all the way home!

Here’s a great recipe that combines pork chops, apples, sugar and spices to satisfy your savory-sweet cravings. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to prep and bake, and really warms the place up on a cold and gloomy day.

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The ingredients have escaped the barn – hurry and catch them before Farmer Hoggett finds out:

4 to 6 thick, lean pork chops or 2-3 lb. pork roast, fat cut off
Olive oil
Flour
6 white onions, small, peeled, whole
4 to 6 tart apples, unpeeled, quartered (I use Granny Smith or MacIntosh and figure 1 apple per serving)
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/2 – 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (per your own taste)
1/2 c. beef broth (I use chicken if it’s homemade and available)
Salt
Pepper
Fresh nutmeg
Cinnamon
Mace
Whole clove
Fresh thyme
Bay leaf

Preheat oven to 350. This can be cooked in any sealed casserole dish. I use a big Le Creuset, but clay or cast iron would do as well.

Toss the pork chops or roast in a bag with flour and a bit of salt. Heat olive oil In a heavy skillet or right in the Le Creuset or cast iron baker. Brown the pork roast or chops thoroughly. Add the onions, apples, raisins. Over this sprinkle the brown sugar; add spices and herbs. Be generous with them, as they will turn your apples into gorgeous, mushy applesauce. Add the broth. If your broth was salted, go easy on extra salt.

Look at you, all fancy and home-y with your food! Good job, you!

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