Okay, yes, this recipe might have taken some inspiration from the classic episode of "The Brady Bunch" in which Peter Brady, channeling Humphrey Bogart, can't stop saying "pork chops and applesauce."
Here, though, the applesauce is a chunky topping that evokes the flavors of seasoned autumn apples. You can peel or not peel your apples. Either way, the dish is a lip-smacking, sweet-savory combination that you shouldn't wait for fall to roll around to make. —vvvanessa
pork chops, cut of your choice
freshly ground black pepper
small white or yellow onion, finely chopped
small, firm, tart apple, such as Granny Smith, cut into 1-inch cubes
small, firm, sweet apple, such as Honeycrisp or Braeburn, cut into 1-inch cubes
Heat olive oil in a sauté pan. Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Depending on the thickness of your chops, cook them on both sides until they are cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side for medium-thick chops. Remove them from the pan and set them aside to rest.
In the same pan, melt the butter. Add the onion and sauté until softened and browned, about 5 minutes.
Add the apples, spices, ginger, a pinch of salt, and a grind of pepper, and continue to sauté until the apples begin to soften but still have a little bite, about 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice and toss lightly.
Remove the star anise and ginger slices. Serve the sautéed apples on top of the pork chops.