Pork chops with apple mash

Pork chops with apple mash

  • serves 2
  • A little effort

We love pork chops in the week. This recipe is made even more special with an apple-flavoured mash, a dash of horseradish cream and a splash of cider. Pan-fry the chops with onions to create a delicious sticky sauce to serve with them. All it needs on the side is flash of green veg - green beans are good.

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Ingredients

  • floury potatoes 500g, peeled and chopped
  • Bramley apple 1 about 200g, peeled and chopped
  • butter
  • oil for frying
  • pork chops 2 fat ones, on the bone if possible
  • onion 1 large, halved and thinly sliced
  • thyme a few sprigs
  • plain flour 1 heaped tsp
  • dry cider 250ml
  • horseradish sauce 1 tbsp
  • green beans 150g

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the potatoes in a pan with lots of seasoning and a big knob of butter. Add enough water to just cover then bring to a boil, turn down and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Add the apple and cook until the apples and potatoes are tender (the apple will go a bit mushy as it’s a Bramley but don’t worry). Tip everything into a sieve or colander and leave to drain.

  • Step 2

    Heat a heavy frying pan until it is very hot. Rub the chops with oil and season. Using tongs, hold the chops fat-side down in the pan until the fat is crisp and golden then put flat-side down in the pan and sear for a few minutes on each side until well browned. Lift out then lower the heat and add the onions.

  • Step 3

    Fry for about 20 minutes until very soft and dark golden (don’t skip this step as it gives the finished sauce a really deep colour). Add the thyme and flour and stir until the flour has been soaked up. Gradually stir in the cider and bubble up ot a sauce. Simmer for 2 minutes then add back the chops and give them another 5-7 minutes in the sauce, turning until cooked through. Tip the potato and apple back into its pan and mash with another knob of butter and the horseradish. Stir until reheated. Serve the chops, sauce and mash with buttered green beans.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 718
  • Fat 25.8g
  • Carbs 71.5g
  • Fibre 9g
  • Protein 43g
  • Salt 0.9g
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