KDHamptons reader and fabulous foodie Jennifer Rizzo shares her favorite recipe for a fall classic: Apple Cider Pork Chops. She says, “I am completely infatuated with Jessica Seinfeld . . . I love her sarcasm, her style, her amazing recipes and beyond that she makes me laugh daily on Instagram . . . for those not following her, you should be! I was so excited when she posted a recipe for Apple Cider Pork Chops . . . my husband and kids love them and they are the quickest, easiest and tastiest thing you will make this fall.”
4 boneless pork chops (1 inch this, about 2 pounds total)
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider
Take the pork out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Measure the salt, then pinch and sprinkle over both sides of the pork chops, then season with the pepper. Place your large skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Measure and pour in the oil and heat until it shimmers (1 to 2 minutes). Using tongs, add the pork (you should hear a gratifying sizzle). Cook until the undersides are golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Using tongs, flip (they should release easily from the pan) and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center through the side reads 145°F, 5 to 6 minutes more (a little pink in the center is desirable). Use your tongs to hold each chop on its side to sear the fat. Transfer the pork to plates. Measure and pour the apple cider into the skillet and return it to medium-high heat. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the yummy browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the cider simmer (low boil) for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken it just slightly. Spoon it over the pork chops.
**So here’s a little @famfoodfun addition/ subtraction: the second time I made the chops I used Pam non-stick spray and I added more apple cider and sautéed some apples and onions in the pan with a little butter or oil before returning the chops. When you remove the pork chops, return the skillet to medium-high heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter (or oil) immediately add some apples and onion slices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the apples tender (that’s usually about 5 minutes). . .maybe add a sprinkle of brown sugar, cinnamon or even some cayenne for a slight kick!
** Be sure to follow Jennifer Rizzo @famfoodfun and Jessica Seinfeld @jessseinfeld