Pork Chops with Applesauce Recipe

by Beth Montgomery on February 8, 2009 · 1 comment

in Frugal Cooking, Main Dish Recipes, Recipes

Make some delicious Applesauce Pork Chops for dinner this week with your sale items! Don’t forget to save more money by checking your pantry to see what you already have in stock. Meijer sales below are from the Thursday, 2/5 through Wednesday, 2/11 advertisement. Prices below are before coupons, so check the deals by clicking the store link to save more!

Save money money by skipping making your own applesauce and buy Meijer brand on sale for $1.79.

2 c milk ($2.39 @ Meijer & $2 @ Marsh)
3 tsp salt
8 pork chops (w/ or w/o bone) (0.98/lb @ Marsh)
3 1/2 c fresh bread crumbs or saltine crumbles (Both on sale @ Meijer & Marsh)
1 tbsp minced garlic (B1G1 @ Marsh)
2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tbsp vegetable oil, or as needed (30% off @ Meijer)
2 tbsp butter

Optional ingredients to make your own applesauce:
3 lbs apples ($0.99/lb @ Meijer & $1.69/lb @ Marsh)
1/4 c water
3 tbsp sugar ($1.98 @ Meijer)
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp ground allspice (30% off @ Meijer & $2.40 @ Marsh)

Stir together milk and 2 teaspoons salt in a shallow 3-quart dish, then add pork chops. Marinate, covered and chilled, turning over once, at least 1 hour.

This next step is optional if you decide to buy applesauce, instead of making your own! Peel, core, and coarsely chop apples, then stir together with remaining applesauce ingredients in a 3-quart heavy saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to moderately low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until apples are falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf and mash apples with a fork. Keep applesauce warm, covered.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Stir together bread crumbs, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and remaining teaspoon salt in a shallow bowl. Lift pork chops from milk 1 at a time, letting excess drip off, and dredge in bread crumbs, lightly patting crumbs to help adhere, then transfer to a tray, arranging in 1 layer. Heat 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then saute pork chops in 2 or 3 batches, without crowding, turning over once, until golden brown and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. Transfer as cooked to a platter and keep warm in oven. (Add more oil and butter to skillet as needed.)

Serve pork chops with applesauce. You can also make a side dish of baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes which are both on sale at Marsh this week!

Have a great recipe you’d like to share? E-mail me or leave a comment! I’ll give you credit. What meals are you planning for the week?
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