Recipe: Rozanne Gold's Pork Chops & Apples, Madeira-Bay Butter Sauce

Adapted from Radically Simple

Friday, September 27, 2013

Butterscotch-y and delicious, a credible beurre blanc elevates a humble stack of cooked apples and pork to a four-star dish. You will feel very accomplished serving it

2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup Madeira
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large thick rib pork chops, about 10 ounces each
1 large apple
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons finely minced fresh tarragon

Combine the broth, Madeira, garlic, and bay leaves in a skillet.  Bring to a boil over high heat and continue to boil until reduced to 3 tablespoons, 15 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves and stir in the butter.  Add salt and pepper.  Keep warm.

Preheat the broiler.  Season the pork with salt and pepper.  Place on a rimmed baking sheet.  Slice through the entire apples to make 6 1/4-inch slices, through the stem end; remove the core and seeds.  Arrange the apples around the chops.  Drizzle with the oil.  Broil as close to the heat as possible until the pork is cooked through (still moist and juicy) and the apples are soft and golden.  Stack the apples on the chops; drizzle with the warm butter sauce.  Sprinkle with the tarragon.  Serves 2 

Adapted from Radically Simple, by Rozanne Gold, published by Rodale.


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Comments [3]


Sounds delish, but there's that extremely fine/quick line between cooking pork until "cooked through" and turning it into a shoe. Can you give us some indication of minutes under the broiler? Pork chops are rarely made in our house because of just this problem. We prefer shoes on our feet. :-)

Oct. 16 2013 10:14 PM

This recipe is not clearly written.
I almost set the house on fire with the pan so high up and close to the broiler.

Sep. 27 2013 08:27 PM
C. Meyer

In baked apples, there's sugar, apple butter, and butter. In pork chops, there's Madeira and butter. And even in soup, a category that's easy to keep healthy, there's butter, bacon, bacon fat, and sugar. It's seldom hard to find recipes for foods that taste good but aren't so good for the body, and these recipes illustrate that.

Sep. 27 2013 01:54 PM

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