Apple Pie Spice Pork Chops

Apples go really well with pork. But what happens when you have pork chops and no apples? As I vowed that today would be No Pants Sunday (as I missed the official day on the first Friday in May – this year was May 6th, by the way), I wasn’t going to go to the store.

I needed a way to fool my brain and what better way than to hint apples with apple pie spice? I got the idea from Nigella Lawson and her Pork and Apple Hot Pot, which is just as delicious as it sounds.

I served the pork chops with mashed potatoes and gravy. The apple pie spice taste was faint but just enough to satisfy the part of me that needed applesauce with my dinner.

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Apple Pie Spice Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

3 medium sized russet potatoes
2 pork chops (I went for thick, center cut)
1/3 cup flour plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Scrub the potatoes and set in a pot of cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until they are cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the  1/3 cup flour and apple pie spice in a pie plate or other flat dish. Dredge the pork chops on all sides in the seasoned flour and set aside while you bring a large skillet (I prefer cast iron) to heat. Add the olive oil and once it is hot, brown the pork chops on both sides. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Put the browned pork chops on a baking sheet and set them in the preheated oven to finish cooking.

In the still warm skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Turn the heat to low. Sprinkle on the 2 tablespoons flour and whisk for 5 minutes to cook out any flour taste. Add in half cup of water and whisk thoroughly to remove any lumps. Slowly add the milk and the rest of the water, stirring constantly. Turn the heat up and, once the gravy bubbles, turn the heat to low. Stir occasionally. Once the gravy has thickened (about 10 to 15 minutes), add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the potatoes from the water and peel off their skin. Return to the pan they boiled in and mash to the desired level of lumpiness. Stir in the melted butter and milk. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Serve the pork chops with the mashed potatoes. Put gravy over everything!

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