Cider-Brined Pork Chops With Creamed Leeks And Apples

Cider-Brined Pork Chops With Creamed Leeks And Apples
Cider-Brined Pork Chops With Creamed Leeks And Apples

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 4 1/4

    cups apple cider

  • 3

    tablespoons coarse salt

  • 6

    allspice berries

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 4

    bone-in center-cut pork rib chops (10 oz ea)

  • 4

    tablespoons butter - (1/2 stick)

  • 5

    large leeks, white and pale green parts only thinly sliced

  • 1

    cup whipping cream

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 1/2

    pounds Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and halved, each half cut into 4 wedges

  • 2

    tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2

    cup chicken stock (or canned low-salt chicken broth)

  • 1/3

    cup Calvados

  • Olive oil as needed

Directions

Bring 4 cups cider, salt, allspice, and bay leaf to boil in large saucepan, stirring to dissolve salt. Cool completely. Place pork in 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass baking dish. Pour brine over. Cover; refrigerate overnight. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add leeks; sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add cream and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Creamed leeks can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.) Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apples and sauté 10 minutes. Add sugar and sauté until apples are golden, about 6 minutes longer. Add stock, then Calvados and remaining 1/4 cup cider. Simmer until liquid thickens slightly and apples are tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Set aside. Prepare barbecue (medium heat) or preheat broiler. Drain pork. Rinse under cold water; pat dry. Brush pork with oil. Grill or broil to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium. Meanwhile, rewarm leeks, thinning with 1 to 3 tablespoons water if necessary. Bring apples to simmer. Spoon leeks onto plates. Top with pork, then apples. This recipe yields 4 servings.

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